Safelite's Georgia Distribution Center Receives LEED Certification
March 3, 2011

The Safelite AutoGlass distribution center in Braselton, Ga., officially received “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certification recently. The certification, awarded for environmental friendliness, is governed by the Green Building Certification Institute.

This is Safelite’s first LEED-certified building, according to a statement from the company, which also notes that Duke Realty, owner of the property, assisted with the certification process.

Green efforts at the facility, which opened in August 2010, include:

  • Reduced storm water pollution by vehicle fluid leaks and mechanical equipment wastes;
  • Increased water efficiency reducing consumption by 44 percent and reduced burden on municipal water supply;
  • Utilizing Energy Star qualified equipment for more than 90 percent of all appliances, office equipment and electronics;
  • Banned use of any CFC-based refrigerants in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems to reduce stratospheric ozone depletion;
  • Energy conservation with occupancy sensors on more than 75 percent of lighting; and
  • Procured wood products and furnishings certified in accordance with the forest stewardship council.

“Being LEED certified by GBCI has been an opportunity for a third party to solidify our commitment to environmental stewardship,” says Rich Glover, assistant vice president, manufacturing and distribution operations. “Only a select number of projects become LEED-certified, but it is becoming more important as our company focuses on green initiatives.”

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