Northlake, Texas-based Farmer Bros. Co., a national coffee roaster, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products, announced that it has been awarded LEED Silver certification for its recently completed headquarter office project.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for recognizing best-in-class building strategies and practices in green building, the company says.
“LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line — people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and chief executive officer of USGBC, in a statement. “By prioritizing sustainability, Farmer Brothers headquarters office project is leading the way in their industry and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainably built environment within a generation.”
The project features 85,663-square-feet of office space spread across two floors and are connected to the roasting plant and distribution center. The headquarters consists of various types of offices, meeting spaces, open collaboration areas, and laboratories.
The building achieved significant energy savings through its use of all-LED light fixtures, efficient HVAC design, reflective roof, and insulated building envelope, contributing to a 22.8 percent reduction in energy costs for this building, when compared with a standard building of this type and size, it says.
“Sustainability is a core business principle for Farmer Brothers,” said Molly Laverty, director of sustainability at Farmer Brothers, in a statement. “Achieving LEED Silver certification illustrates to our customers and business partners that they can rely on Farmer Brothers for innovative and sustainable business practices.” BI