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Appliance maker earns LEED building certifications
An appliance maker has been awarded LEED certifications for two of its recent building projects.
Whirlpool Corp.’s Riverview Campus, the North American regional headquarters, was LEED Gold certified for phase three of its development, and Whirlpool’s global headquarters was LEED Silver certified for the south and east wings of the building. Both buildings are located in Benton Harbor. These are the 14th and 15th LEED-certified projects for Whirlpool since 2009.
“Being awarded additional LEED certifications is validation of our long-held belief that sustainability is not just important for our business, but a responsibility on behalf of our consumers,” said Lee Utke, senior director of global corporate real estate, Whirlpool Corporation.
Both buildings maximize open space, with more than 111,000 square feet of open space at the Riverview Campus, and nearly 284,000 square feet of outside vegetated green space at the global headquarters. Open space helps reduce “heat-island effect,” increases storm water infiltration and provides individuals on the site with a connection to the outdoors, a feature proven to increase employee productivity and satisfaction.
The facilities also promote alternative transportation methods to reduce the organization's overall carbon footprint. Bike stations and bus routes are available to employees, as well as several electric car charging stations. Whirlpool also has set aside several dozen priority parking spots for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Whirlpool is a major appliance maker that markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp and other major brands around the world. According to its annual report, the company generated $20.7 billion in sales in 2016.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments for places of work, residence, education and worship. LEED credits are awarded by third-party technical reviewers, are applicable to all building types throughout a building's lifecycle and are developed through several rounds of public comments and in collaboration with the USGBC.