Located in Madison, Wisconsin, WECC’s headquarters is a highly-efficient LEED Gold certified building. The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to buildings based on a points system for addressing various sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project receives a rating of Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
LEED-certified buildings are resource-efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Our high-performance building, constructed in 2007, is a physical testament to our mission “to champion and deliver innovative energy initiatives that produce enduring economic and environmental benefits.” Following are just a few of the features which help maximize efficiency and productivity:
- High-efficiency heating and cooling system
- Water-saving fixtures (aerators, dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals)
- Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof and in the parking lot generate
- South-facing building orientation allows for natural daylighting to penetrate
80 percent of the building
- Occupancy sensors, dimmers, zoned timers, solatubes, CFLs, and LED exit
signs reduce electricity used for lighting
Additional outdoor attributes which contribute to continued sustainability include:
- Native plantings around the building require minimal water and no fertilizers or
pesticides—eliminating any negative impact on water quality
- Two rain garden bioswales and a canopy roof garden reduce water run-off and
beautify the site
- A combination of pervious paving and landscape pavers allow rain water to seep
into the ground
- Preferred parking areas for carpools and hybrid vehicles; indoor and outdoor
Our building was constructed with the environment at the forefront:
- 100 percent of the wood used in the building was certified by the Forest
Stewardship Council (certified wood encourages environmentally responsible
and sustainable forestry practices)
- Storm-damaged trees were harvested and crafted into our reception desk
- Fitness room lockers constructed from recycled milk jugs
- Kitchen, work room, and fitness room floors crafted from recycled tires
- 95 percent of all construction waste was recycled!
Investing in sustainability pays off in the long run—not only through the protection of our environment, but by saving energy and money which, in turn, results in the building “paying for itself” through measurable savings from lower annual operating costs, maintenance costs, and savings realized through improved productivity and employee health.
To learn more about or LEED Gold certified headquarters, call or email us today!