Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Haworth's Beijing Showroom Receives First LEED v4 Certification
Haworth's Beijing Showroom 

With the USGBC's LEED v4 program launch right around the corner, Haworth, a global creator and supplier of office furniture, has made news around the world. USGBC recognized their Beijing showroom as being the world's first certified LEED CI project, as it pertains to the LEED v4 criteria. This is an impressive accomplishment not only because of their design, but also because the LEED v4 program will launch in a few weeks on November 22 at the Green Build International Conference.

Haworth enlisted the help of international engineering consultancy, Bisagni Environmental Enterprise (BEE). Through their positive working relationship, the two companies made sure that they met the LEE v4 guidelines. Haworth can also be proud of the fact that not only are they the first to obtain this certification, they also achieved LEED v4 Gold for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification, earning 71 credits.

“While LEED version 4 raises the bar on green building leadership and requires a new level of commitment to building sustainably, it was important for us to go beyond the prestigious LEED certification to ensure that we created a space that is not only environmentally-friendly and open to the community, but a project that will stand as a model for future workspaces,” said Meehan.

An important piece is of this accomplishment is their goal of making sure they had a low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) indoor environment, which improves indoor air quality, thus making the work environment more comfortable. In order to do this, 93% of the furniture used is either came from another show room or is Greenguard certified.
BEE focused on the environment and adapted green habits by achieving the following:
  • By utilizing green design and construction, they reduced water usage by 53%
  • Reduced energy consumption by 59% by optimizing lighting design and fixtures 
  • Reduced lighting use by using daylight and occupancy sensors for controls 
  • Of appliances and equipment used, 90% is Energy Star-rated
  • Of the interior features, 60% are reused elements, 
  • Able to recycle 83% of waste rather than being taken to a landfill
  • Plan included ergonomic features like shared and flexible working spaces

The two companies have much to celebrate. The two have also worked together on Haworth's Sinapore, Shangahi, and Hong Kong showrooms.

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