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Owens Corning Headquarters Earns Gold LEED Status

April 25, 2011
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The global headquarters of Owens Corning in Toledo, Ohio, has become the third existing building in Ohio to earn gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Building (EB) program. To achieve the award, the building’s design and operation has met stringent standards as an energy-efficient, environmentally responsible, and healthy place to live and work. The building was first recognized for silver certification under the LEED-EB program in 2007.

The LEED certification of an existing building is a significant achievement because it is generally easier to design these features in new construction. The Owens Corning global headquarters building has already earned an Energy Star rating, which ranks it among the top 25% of energy-efficient buildings in the U.S.

“The gold-certified LEED-EB status of our global headquarters building in Ohio is an iconic representation of Owens Corning’s deep commitment to sustainability and energy efficiency,” said Frank O’Brien-Bernini, chief sustainability officer. “It’s also an example of the operating cost advantages that are achievable through sustainable building practices. There are significant economic and environmental benefits to ensuring that new and existing buildings exceed today’s energy efficiency standards through the use of insulation, air-sealing solutions, and many other energy-saving technologies.”

Built in 1996, the Owens Corning world headquarters was designed by architect Cesar Pelli. The design included numerous advanced and environmentally focused features, including under-floor ventilation for energy-efficient air delivery, optimal use of daylight, the reuse of office partitions, and carpet recycling. In addition, 55% of the site was restored to a natural environment with plantings of low-maintenance native vegetation.

“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like Owens Corning are addressing it through local solutions.”

For additional details, visit www.owenscorning.com.

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