Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s Headquarters is a next-generation workplace that maximizes the comfort and health of employees through the use of a wide range of the company’s building materials that improve air quality, moisture management, acoustics, energy efficiency, thermal management and ergonomics. The installation of so many technologies has created a “living laboratory,” where the company’s research team can measure the impact its products have on a real workplace. The company asserts having its scientists work in a “living laboratory” will enhance product development and employees’ lives and is putting measurements in place to assess the impact on its occupants.
The project strategies are meant to align with Saint-Gobain’s sustainability goals of energy efficiency, environmental stewardship and healthy working environments.The sustainable strategies incorporated into this project, in addition to the use of products from Saint-Gobain and its family of companies, include:
- Approximately 79 percent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfill disposal. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, construction and demolition waste makes up 17 percent of Pennsylvania’s entire municipal waste stream. ECONOMIC IMPACT Saint-Gobain call centre staff in their new North American headquarters have achieved a 97% increase in sales-generated leads and 101% increase in leads per call since moving into the building.
The new office space offers 116 collaborative spaces with 68 that seat six people or more. There was a:
25% increase in daylighting
92% of the offices have views to the outdoors
Fitness centre, pond, outdoor work spaces, and 1.3 miles of walking trails
Stairwells have views of the outdoors making these spaces more attractive compared to elevators, and encouraging physical activity throughout the day
ABOUT THE OFFICE
Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s North American headquarters, in Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA, is over 277,000 ft2 and houses over 800 employees. It is certified LEED Platinum (Core & Shell and Commercial Interior) and was designed as a living laboratory to test the company’s building performance products.#
- 150%increase in collaborative meeting space hours
- Materials in the building were carefully selected to contain high levels of recycled content. Post consumer and -industrial recycled content reduced the negative impact resulting from the extraction and processing of raw materials.
- Special consideration was given to selecting locally manufactured materials. For example, furniture workstations were manufactured in East Greenville, Pa., and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. By specifying locally manufactured materials, less energy was spent to bring the products to the site.
- This project will achieve significant water savings through the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures.
The project is projected to use 40 percent less water than a conventional office building, saving 640,000 gallons of water per year.
- Interior finishes and furnishings installed in the building were specified to contain little or no VOCs. For example, low-emitting products used included adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, composite wood and furniture. Reducing the amount of VOCs entering the building provides a safer and healthier environment for building occupants.
- In an effort to significantly reduce the number of miles employees travel to and from the campus
the company is providing bicycle storage facilities, preferred parking for low-emission and fuel efficient vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations and a free shuttle service to and from the Paoli Station, which services Amtrak and SEPTA trains, for employees who choose to commute from Center City and other areas.