Whirlpool Riverview Campus Receives LEED Platinum Certification
Feb 25, 2013
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The first building constructed on Whirlpool Corp.'s new Riverview Campus in Benton Harbor, MI. has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Platinum is the highest LEED recognition level achievable.

The Riverview Campus was built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:
* sustainable site development
* water savings
* energy efficiency
* materials selection
* indoor environmental quality

The new facility was designed to save more than 147 thousand gallons of interior water and 16,000 million BTUs of energy annually.

Whirlpool said 95% of all demolition and construction waste was diverted from landfills through efforts to recycle and reuse materials, keeping nearly 15,000 tons of construction waste out of landfills. The open design of the office allows for maximum use of natural daylight.

The campus was also designed to encourage use of alternative transportation methods, and has facilities to allow ten low-emitting and/or fuel efficient vehicles can be charged at electric charging stations onsite.

Whirlpool also made efforts to think local with the construction of the campus. More than 90% of the project's subcontracts were awarded to Michigan companies, 75% percent to Southwest Michigan companies, and 10% to local companies. Regional materials extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site made up more than 56% of the total cost of materials.

Whirlpool partnered with the Pizzuti Companies, a Columbus, OH-based developer with a history of incorporating sustainable building practices in each of its developments, including facilities built on behalf of Whirlpool.

The project was initially designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. Through the development process Whirlpool and Pizzuti were able to identify and incorporate additional measures that helped elevate the project to Platinum certification.

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