Daimler Trucks North America announced that its new corporate headquarters building in Portland, Ore., has been awarded the Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
The LEED Platinum certification is the highest rating that a building can receive from the U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable building design, construction, and operation.
“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,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, Daimler Trucks North America demonstrates their leadership through their LEED Platinum certification of their Portland headquarters.”
To achieve a Platinum certification, DTNA focused on making certain aspects of the design and construction of the building as green as possible. The company said that during the building’s construction, 95% of the demolition and construction waste was recycled from the project site.
Steps were also taken to reduce the headquarters’ energy consumption through features such as LED lighting, an intelligently controlled radiant HVAC system, and onsite renewable energy.
The building also features a living green wall that was installed in the lobby to bring in the natural air cleaning benefits of vegetation absorbing CO2 and a green roof for storm water management.
“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,” said Martin Daum, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America. “As one of Portland’s largest employers, we will now have a state-of-the-art work environment to inspire the great talent in our organization and to continue contributing to long-term prosperity in Portland.”