Building what you preach: A journey to LEED Double Platinum
When it came time to plan our new headquarters in New Jersey, many new prospects were upon us. Sustainability is embedded into the core of BASF’s business and brand, so we knew we’d have the opportunity to demonstrate how BASF drives sustainable solutions. How could we do that? By creating an open and collaborative workplace with LEED Platinum distinction.
We worked with the BASF Center for Building Excellence to turn the holistic systems approach we use for others toward ourselves. Combining the principles of applied building science and innovative chemistry, we incorporated many BASF technologies to reduce energy consumption, conserve water and create an attractive, healthy and collaborative work environment – all while ensuring the building was affordable to build and operate.
Thirty-five BASF-enabled construction solutions were used to achieve our headquarters’ high-performance sustainability profile. Here are a few of the achievements of which we’re particularly proud.
- Indoor water usage is reduced by 40 percent thanks to low-flow toilets, lavatory faucets and showerheads; waterless urinals; and a rainwater harvesting system that reduces the need for potable water.
- More than 40 percent of the site is open space.
- About 75 percent of the office and meeting spaces are day lit, and 90 percent have an outdoor view.
- More than 20 percent of the materials purchased for the project had recycled content.
- Approximately 75 percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills and incineration facilities.
A significant contributor to the facility’s overall performance was the frequent use of polyurethane products. For instance, choosing the ELASTOSPRAY® polyurethane roofing system for the 325,000 square foot building was an easy choice. Commonly used in commercial construction, this product was chosen for its high R-value and wind resistance, as well as its impact on the building’s indoor environment and overall comfort. The product’s resistance to severe weather conditions was tested with Superstorm Sandy, and we’re pleased to report that no repairs or maintenance were required.
In the end, not only did we achieve our goal of reaching LEED Platinum – we doubled it, becoming only the fifth construction project in the United States and the first in New Jersey to achieve LEED Double Platinum certification.
Needless to say, we’re proud of our new headquarters, which opened in May 2012. It’s a tangible example of how BASF creates chemistry for a sustainable future. If you stop by our booth at Greenbuild (#1201), we’ll be happy to tell you more about our journey to LEED Double Platinum. In fact, we’ll be hosting a series of live presentations on some of the product solutions we used in the headquarters, along with hot topics like water resource management, disaster resiliency, emission-free binding technology, insulation for passive house projects, indoor environmental quality and sustainability measurement tools.
We look forward to seeing you at Greenbuild!