Eastman’s Corporate Business Center (CBC) Achieves LEED® Gold

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Eastman’s Corporate Business Center (CBC) Achieves LEED® Gold

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Friday, October 14, 2016 - 4:00pm

Eastman is pleased to announce that the Corporate Business Center in Kingsport, Tennessee has been awarded LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building and construction.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program that recognizes best-in-class sustainable building practices and strategies. To receive LEED certification, building projects must earn points through a rating system based on the prerequisites established by the LEED program. The number of points earned determines the level of certification, ranging from LEED Certified, with a minimum of 40 points, to LEED Platinum for projects earning more than 80 points.

Eastman’s Corporate Business Center, located in Kingsport, TN, achieved gold certification with 65 points. The office serves both sales and functional support activities in the region.

Interesting facts and figures from the project:

  • Estimated 38% less water usage than a conventional building, saving a projected 573,000 gallons per year

  • Estimated energy savings of 39% from a U.S. energy standard baseline

  • Design to Earn the ENERGY STAR® (DEES) rating of 97

  • During construction, more than 90% of construction waste was diverted from landfill to construction recyclers (about 149 tons)

  • More than 21% of materials made of recycled content

  • More than 35% of materials sourced regionally (within 500 miles)

According to Mike Pappas, WWE&C CBC Project Manager, LEED certification was an important part of the project objectives along with maximizing the use of Eastman products in the construction, both set at the beginning of the design. The team was challenged on how to achieve a gold certification in the most cost efficient manner possible. The main LEED categories where we exceled include:

  • Energy and Atmosphere – primarily optimized energy performance using triple glazed curtain wall system, R34 roofing system, high efficiency chillers, sunscreens and wintertime solar heating.

  • Innovation in Design – use of regional materials, constructionwaste management, open space

  • Indoor Environmental Quality – low emitting materials, lighting controls, outdoor air delivery

  • Sustainable Sites – alternative transportation, fuel efficient vehicle parking (charging stations), parking capacity, water efficiency, regional materials, and storm water quality control

For more information on Eastman’s LEED® certified building, visit  www.eastman.com/sustainability or check out the 2016 Sustainability Report.  

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