Company headquarters achieves LEED certification

January 28, 2013
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They say that it takes a village to raise a child, but how many people does it take to construct an energy-efficient building? Astellas Pharma US has worked with the U.S. Green Building Council and MB Real Estate to manage the development of the company’s new headquarters.

Located at the corner of Interstate 294 and Willow Road in Northbrook, Illinois, the company’s new headquarters is an environmental achievement. The building has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

“Today is an extremely proud day for Astellas in achieving LEED Gold certification at our new headquarters for the Americas, which we’ve worked toward since we broke ground in 2010. This honor further demonstrates our commitment to the environment, the local community, and as an employer of choice to our employees,” said Collette Taylor, Astellas, Senior Vice President Human Resources & Corporate Administration of Astellas and headquarters project manager. ”With energy costs and carbon emissions on the rise, we’re thrilled that we invested in green building at our new facility in Northbrook, Illinois.”

The structure uses a hybrid geothermal field as a heat source in the winter and as a heat sink in the summer. The technology is expected to reduce energy costs for the structure by approximately 20 percent. In addition, the structure incorporates the use of wood taken from managed forests by the Forest Stewardship Council by 77 percent.

Builders also made sure that 35 percent of the materials used in the structure were recycled and 45 percent were locally manufactured. About 85 percent of all waste created during the construction of the building was recycled.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi , President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Astellas’ new headquarters for the Americas efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

Organizations across the United States are working to promote the development of green buildings. For example, the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub) is helping builders plan for the adoption of energy-efficient technologies and solutions in modern structures. The agency hopes to approve the carbon footprint associated with commercial construction projects located in the greater Philadelphia area. The initiative was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).