When planning to earn a certain LEED status, companies should consider each component that might lead to usable credits. Examples of prominent businesses that have successfully adopted LEED standards help draw attention to the program, and the main Dole Packaged Foods office building in Westlake Village is another California-based location that demonstrates the ease of following LEED guidelines.
According to a press release from Dole, this headquarters building has been awarded the LEED “Gold” certification in recognition of the multiple environmentally-friendly measures it uses. It derives nearly three quarters of its electricity from a solar panel system established on-site, and more than 95 percent of the debris from the construction was successfully incorporated into the building itself.
The Gold standard is the second highest LEED certification awarded, and requires a project to earn between 60 and 79 points. The highest certification, Platinum, requires 80 credits or more, according to the United States Green Building Council’s “typical certification thresholds.”
In the release, the president of Dole Packaged Foods North America/Europe, Brad Bartlett, said that this announcement fits in with Dole’s greater business values.
“We are thrilled to be in a building that has been awarded this prestigious honor,” he said. “Dole Packaged Foods has a commitment around the world of being socially responsible and to be at the forefront of sustainability in the environment. This goes hand-in hand with providing healthy and nutritious Dole products to help people live long and healthy lives.”
When planned and sourced correctly, furniture made from reused materials can be an important part of a business’ efforts to earn Meaningful Use credits under LEED. By finding local furniture and adjusting it to fit company preferences, businesses will have a greater chance of meeting their personal efficiency goals.