Owens Corning has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification for its World Headquarters located in Toledo, Ohio. The certification recognizes the facility as one of the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings in the U.S.
"Over the past eight years, Owens Corning has reduced energy consumption at our headquarters by 25%, saving nearly $2 million in electricity costs," said James T. Eckert, corporate real estate leader.
"Many of our energy-saving initiatives have been the result of employee suggestions, including reducing the amount of time that lights are on in the parking lot, eliminating some lighting in our Atrium, and placing 'turn off lights' signs in meeting rooms."
Facility officials also monitor rooftop air equipment and other mechanical fixtures to pinpoint and stop excessive energy use.
EPA awards the ENERGY STAR to buildings and facilities that achieve an energy performance rating of 75 or better, on a scale from one to 100. Ratings are calculated by comparing buildings of similar square footage on factors such as actual energy use, number of workers in the building, number of computers and other equipment present and hours of operation.