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Office Depot, Austin, Texas, USA

What is the LEED Certification?

Founded in March 1986, Office Depot offers its clients a wide range of office products, provides various services and has about 42,000 employees worldwide. The company’s headquarters is in Boca Raton, Florida. The green store of the company in Austin, Texas, was built by JR Heineman and Sons, Inc. and offers office supplies, furniture, computers and printers, as well as provides business services. Designed by SBLM Architects, the building features a reflective white roof the main function of which is reflecting sunlight and cooling the store. The unique roof helps to cut down costs on air conditioning and reduces energy costs by 37% annually. Moreover, the green store succeeded in reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 23%. Other notable green elements are also a concrete parking lot, occupancy sensors installed in all the rooms, high-efficiency ventilation system, water-efficient fixtures in the toilets, permanent temperature control, etc. The sustainable store earned LEED Gold certification in May 2008. Gross floor area is 1941 square meters (20,898 square feet).

By Astghik Atabekyan, www.building.am



 


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