UPS HQ Earns Both LEED Gold and Energy Star
January 12, 2012
Atlanta-based UPS has become the first major package delivery and logistics company with retail assets to earn Gold Status certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) along with an Energy Star certification for its corporate headquarters complex.
The company’s headquarters is just the first UPS building to be assessed for certification so far. “Our plan is to assess all new facilities and some existing facilities to see if they qualify for LEED and Energy Star evaluations,” said Scott Wicker, UPS chief sustainability officer at UPS, which also has 4,700 franchised UPS Stores in North America operated by Mail Boxes Etc. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary. “At UPS, we manage our assets as effectively as possible and continue to find ways to improve in all aspects of our business.”
In May 2011, UPS submitted the corporate office to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for review. Currently, there are fewer than 9,000 LEED-certified building projects in the world.
UPS engineers evaluated five main elements necessary for LEED certification, including sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environment quality.
The Energy Star award through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certifies that the UPS headquarters uses less energy, is less expensive to operate and generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions than most similar buildings in the United States. To qualify for the Energy Star rating, a building or manufacturing plant must earn a score of 75 or higher on the EPA’s 1-100 energy performance scale, indicating that the facility performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.
“These certifications are a noteworthy achievement because they show that independent third parties have determined UPS’s main headquarters is a high-performance structure,” Wicker added. “In 1994, when this building was completed, it was built to rigorous environmental standards that were ahead of their time. LEED and Energy Star show we continue to be as energy-efficient behind our desks as we are behind the wheels of our famous brown trucks.”
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