Wausau's Manufacturing Center Earns LEED-Silver Certification
August 27, 2009

Wausau, Wis.-based Wausau Window and Wall Systems has announced that its new manufacturing center has been awarded LEED® Silver, established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.

The company's 370,000-square-foot manufacturing center and office building completed construction in September 2008. CLICK HERE to read more about the facility.

"In the design process, it was extremely important to include staff input to achieve the overall goal of increasing productivity, eliminating redundancies and improving safety within a satisfying work environment. Our goal was to transcend the typical manufacturing facility stigma and create a campus feel that reflected both the advanced technology of the manufactured products within and the sustainable philosophies of this progressive client," says Larry LePage, AIA, of Somerville Inc. Architects and Engineers. "Thanks to the LEED innovations, we were able to set the facility on the site without disturbing the woods or natural wetlands. We are proud of the final outcome, as the design fulfilled all programmatic goals, staying within budget without sacrificing aesthetics or the important goal of becoming an earth-conscious, LEED-certified facility."

According to USGBC, newly constructed buildings rated LEED-Silver have demonstrated 32 percent energy savings compared to national averages. Green and LEED-rated buildings also have shown reductions in carbon emissions by 35 percent, water use by 50 percent, and construction waste by 50 percent. Multiple studies have documented measurable benefits for improved daylighting, natural ventilation and indoor air quality in buildings including reduced illness and absenteeism, and productivity of gains of up to 16 percent.

"Building owners, architects and contractors are looking more closely at the manufacturing practices and facilities that produce the materials contributing to their projects' performance, durability and other green attributes. Increasingly, they are seeking manufacturers who walk the walk," says Rick Marshall, president. "We continually review our operations for opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce waste and expand upon our existing, green business practices."

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