Chemical firm BASF’s North American headquarters building in New Jersey has secured Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) double Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
Developed in partnership with Rockefeller Group Development, the 325,000ft² building at The Green at Florham Park, secured the certification for commercial interiors and core and shell.
Opened in May 2012, the facility uses various BASF-enabled construction solutions that reduce energy consumption and increase its life expectancy.
The building will reduce indoor water usage by 40% using low-flow toilets, lavatory faucets, shower heads and waterless urinals.
The facility will also use a rainwater harvesting system to reduce the need for potable water and its landscape plan incorporates native and non-invasive plants that require 85% less water to survive.
Ventilation of the building is 30% higher than in conventionally designed buildings, according to BASF.
Over 40% of the site is an open space and around 75% of the office is day lit, while 90% of meeting rooms have outdoor views.
BASF said that the base building was designed to exceed the industry standard for energy performance, ASHRAE Standard 90.1 2004, by 25%.
USGBC New Jersey director Florence Block said that very few projects have earned multiple platinum certifications for one building.
"In fact, only three sites on the west coast and one in Michigan have achieved this so far," Block said.
"BASF’s headquarters building in Florham Park is the first LEED double Platinum designated facility – and the largest LEED Platinum corporate project – in New Jersey."
Image: BASF’s North American headquarters building is claimed to be the largest LEED Platinum corporate project in New Jersey. Photo: BASF.