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AOC Receive 'Green' LEED Certification

20 December 2011

AOC has earned LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for the design, construction and operation of its World Headquarters in Collierville, Tennessee, US.

According to AOC, LEED certification is an internationally recognised standard for green building. They say factors such as site sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials, waste management, indoor environmental quality and design innovation earn points for a LEED candidate during evaluation.

AOC say their LEED Silver qualifications include:

  • a geothermal HVAC system,
  • Building materials with recycled or renewable content,
  • Regionally produced construction materials & certified wood,
  • Pollution prevention during construction,
  • Low-emitting sealants, paints & construction materials,
  • A reflective roof which eliminates heat build-up,
  • Maximum use of ambient lighting,
  • Increased ventilation & outdoor air deliver monitoring,
  • Light pollution reduction,
  • Recycling facilities,
  • Water-saving systems,
  • Incentives for employees to use low-emitting vehicles and bicycles.

As a result of these forward-thinking building tactics, AOC explain that their new headquarters conserves 30% more energy and water than similar non-LEED buildings, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste, and requires lower operating costs.

AOC say they made a point of using customer-produced and other composite materials to enhance the building's décor. Customer-produced products include HanStone solid surface counter tops throughout the facility, Strongwell FRP railing and Kohler composite showers and plumbing fixtures. They say the core stairs and second floor safety rail were produced by 3form with co-polyester recycled content product.  Other composite materials incorporated in the building include epoxy terrazzo tile in the main lobby and restroom stall divider panels and doors.

“AOC’s LEED Silver Certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, USBGC President, CEO and founding chair. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further. AOC serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

AOC Chairman and CEO Randy Weghorst said, “From inception, we wanted our World Headquarters to reflect our continuous commitment to the environment. Sustainability is a critical corporate objective and is reflected in our headquarters, products and manufacturing facilities. And to help customers meet sustainability goals, we continue to grow our EcoTek product line of bio-renewable content, recycled content, and/or styrene-free materials.”

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