Since its inception in 1993, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program has been a crucial aspect in the world’s collective effort to minimize the impact of commercial construction. Overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, the worldwide standard requires a deep conceptual commitment from companies and property owners. And Legrand couldn’t be more ready to embrace it when it came to realizing our company’s goals in West Hartford, CT. The results of our efforts in West Hartford are part of our desire to play a role in a greater cause, driven in part by our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Roadmap. As a global corporate citizen, we’re proud of the fact that our initiatives align with 10 of 17 benchmarks for Sustainable Development established by the United Nations in 2015. We’ll continue our commitment to self monitoring our CSR Roadmap, and work hard to ensure we remain on-track with other environmentally conscious industry leaders and the overarching goals set by the UN.
Our products, which focus on energy, data and power management, are uniquely positioned to assist in meeting the credit category goals outlined with the LEED system. Whether your building is newly constructed or a retrofit installation, our products can be installed and contribute to LEED requirements.
Built nearly 100 years ago, our West Hartford facility is a perfect example of a retrofit installation utilizing new products and processes to meet LEED requirements. It serves as a first-hand reminder of how we can continually service them, and what it takes to truly make the environment a part of your business model. One reminder of our contribution to the environment is our on-wall Arc meter, which serves as our operation scores in the four main areas: energy, water, waste, and consumption. This bright animated disc is displayed in our lobby to keep alive the spirit of office-wide cooperation. Every desk lamp, restroom faucet, and neglected recyclable finds its way into the Arc reading. In short, it knows all, and keeps us honest.
Uniquely impressive about West Hartford is that our LEED status was accomplished in a facility made up of multiple buildings connected over the years as expansion dictated. This represented a unique challenge, requiring us to plan around an array of construction material types and different age-related quality concerns.