Daimler HQ recognized for green design

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PORTLAND, OR – Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) new environmentally friendly corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon, has earned the company LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Produced by the USGBC, the LEED rating system is a program for buildings, homes, and communities that are developed, maintained and operated with environmental and human health performance in mind.   

“As a leader in the industry with a reputation for high standards in engineering and sustainable practices, we felt it was important to have our headquarters campus reflect those values,” says Martin Daum, president and Chief Executive Officer of Daimler Trucks North America.

Nicole Isle, Chief Sustainability Strategist of sustainable engineering firm Glumac, says Daimler is walking the talk in terms of managing its energy use and efficiency of all its building systems.

“With its new headquarters building, Daimler achieved something only one percent of office buildings nationwide can claim: an Energy Star score of 99 out of 100, making the design energy-efficiency sky high,” says Isle.

Daimler’s commitment to integrating practical and measurable strategies and solutions focused on gaining high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality earned the company the LEED certification.

“Achieving LEED certification is more than implementing sustainable practices. It represents a commitment to making the world a better place and influencing others to do better,” says Mahesh Ramanujam, president and Chief Executive Officer of USGBC, adding that the LEED certification displays DTNA’s role as a leader in being an environmentally friendly business.

Here are a few features behind DTNA’s new headquarters that earned it the LEED certification:

  • 95% of the demolition and construction material from the construction site was recycled.
  • Various features such as LED lighting, intelligently controlled radiant HVAC system, and onsite renewable energy significantly reduced energy consumption of the building.
  • The building absorbs carbon dioxide via a living green wall in its lobby, in addition to a green roof that assists with storm water management.
  • Improved air quality from higher filtration of outside air is provided to each space inside the building.
  • The facility provided increased electric charging stations for electric vehicles, and a fleet of electric Smart cars for employee use. In addition, DTNA introduced a new program to provide subsidized access to public transportation. 
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John G. Smith is Newcom Media's vice-president - editorial, and the editorial director of its trucking publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, and Transport Routier. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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