LEED O+M: Existing Buildings v3 - LEED 2009
Armstrong Corporate Headquarters Recertification
Lancaster, PA 17604
LEED Platinum 2014
Armstrong® World Industries Corporate Headquarters is a living example of the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
Built as a “green” building in 1998, while the USGBC was still developing its LEED rating system, Armstrong Corporate Headquarters included sustainable design features that helped establish the criteria for the first version of LEED for New Construction.
Over the next nine years, Armstrong made several design and operational improvements that would help the facility meet the evolving standards for the LEED Existing Building v2.0 program, earning LEED Platinum certification in 2007.
In 2014, Armstrong Corporate Headquarters was awarded LEED Platinum recertification under the more rigorous criteria of the 2009 version of the LEED EB+OM rating system, clearly establishing its role as a leader in the green building industry.
The Armstrong facility, also known as Building 701, is the first building in Pennsylvania to earn recertification at the highest level possible under the LEED EB+OM rating system and the first in the country to earn a recertification credit for its superior acoustic environment.
The three-story, 126,000 SF facility is located on a 700-acre campus in Lancaster, PA and houses 225 employees. The glass and steel structure consists of two wings connected by a day-lit atrium.
Superior Acoustic Design
Armstrong is the country’s largest manufacturer of acoustical ceiling systems. As a result, the company is well aware of the impact good acoustics can have on occupant well-being, comfort, and performance. When the headquarters building was originally LEED Platinum certified in 2007, it became the first commercial building in the country to earn an Innovation credit for its superior acoustic design. In 2013, Armstrong made improvements to raise the level of acoustic comfort in the open plan office areas and was able to further reduce noise and improve speech privacy, resulting in a 29 percent increase in employee satisfaction.
In awarding the Platinum recertification in 2014, the LEED review team found that Building 701 “has an acoustic environment that is measurably superior to that commonly found in conventional office buildings,” making it the first Platinum recertified building to earn an Innovation in Operations credit for acoustics.
Other Environmental Initiatives
Among the other environmental initiatives that helped the Armstrong facility achieve Platinum recertification are:
• Offsite, renewable wind energy supplies 100 percent of the electrical power
• Partner in EPA Green Power Partnership
• Energy Star® certification each year for six consecutive years
• Reduced energy use at night with Daylight Housekeeping
• Reduced lighting energy use to half the nationwide average for comparable buildings
• Reduced water usage by 45 percent with UPC and IPC compliant plumbing fixtures and fittings
• Recycles 63 percent of its waste
• Cleans with environmentally responsible Green Seal certified cleaning products
“Achieving recertification for our headquarters building is a concrete manifestation of our commitment to environmental sustainability,” says Armstrong CEO Matt Espe, “and demonstrates that we can significantly reduce our impact on the environment by modifying the way we operate and maintain our buildings.”
For more information about Sustainability Initiatives at Armstrong World Industries, visit http://www.armstrong.com/corporate/sustainability.html.
About Armstrong World Industries
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of ceilings and floors. In 2013, Armstrong consolidated net sales from continuing operations totaled $2.7 billion. Based in Lancaster, PA, Armstrong operates 35 plants in eight countries and has approximately 8,600 employees worldwide.