CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa
Nov. 26, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Stamats announced today that it has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified Silver for its headquarters building in
, Iowa. LEED® is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings. The LEED® certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Stamats' headquarters were damaged by the severe flooding in 2008 in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
. Rather than relocate elsewhere, Stamats decided to remain in downtown
and rebuild its headquarters to LEED® standards. Company President/CEO
explained, "After the flood, we decided that we would not just come back, but come back
than before. Rebuilding and operating our headquarters in a sustainable manner fit right in with that goal. Employees are proud to be part of a green business, and we are seeing returns in the form of utility savings. Plus, it's just the right thing to do."
, Stamats Senior Controller, oversaw the rebuilding of the 30,000 square foot facility and listed some of the major sustainable building improvements:
- Low flow water fixtures that reduce water usage by 30%
- Building materials that use recycled or renewable materials and/or which are locally sourced, thereby reducing the company's carbon footprint
- Energy saving features which reduce the need for gas and electricity such as the extensive use of glass and open layouts, which allows spaces to receive natural light; automatic lighting controls which turn on lights only when space is occupied and light is needed; energy efficient light fixtures; and more insulation
LEED® certification is very important to the markets Stamats serves—colleges and universities, hospitals, and meetings and conventions. Further, through its Buildings® and Interiors & Sources® media brands, Stamats provides extensive editorial coverage of green building in the United States. Stamats'
offices are also located in a LEED® certified building.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED® green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.