Stryker buildings receive LEED certification

June 18, 2010
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Two Stryker Corp. facilities, including one in Portage, have earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Kalamazoo-based company's patient-handling and emergency medical equipment building in Portage, which contains both manufacturing and divisional headquarters office space, has earned a Silver designation in the LEED rating system for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance, and is the first manufacturing facility in the state to receive the EB: O&M certificate.

Since its construction in 2005, Stryker has reduced the facility's energy usage by 27 percent with a building operations plan, an energy audit and a retro-commissioning plan.

Improvements have included the re-use of pallets, diverting plastic from landfills and overall trash cost reduction.

Another Stryker manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, has achieved a Gold LEED designation in the rating system for New Construction — one of only five facilities in China to achieve this rating.

The LEED EB: O&M rating assesses the ability to maximize operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impact by addressing whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues, water efficiency, energy efficiency, sustainable purchasing, recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs and ongoing indoor air quality.

The LEED rating system for New Construction has similar goals that apply to newly built facilities.

Stryker's China manufacturing facility is located in East China's Suzhou Industrial Park. The building was constructed with locally available materials high in recycled content, and the design optimizes use of natural light and employs solar-powered water heating and other environmentally friendly utility systems.

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