MONROE, MICH., (Sept. 17, 2015) - La-Z-boy is pleased to announce today that it has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification for its new World Headquarters. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Verde Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The 200,000-square-foot World Headquarters was completed in March 2015 in partnership with design/build contractor Rudolph/Libbe Inc. of the Rudolph Libbe Group. The building – which was built to the latest energy-efficient standards – features a three-story, glassed-in lobby with an oak savannah view and natural lighting. The building occupies about 40 acres of a total 120; the remaining 80 acres, which include an endangered oak savanna ecosystem, have been left untouched as a nature preserve.
“We are honored that our new World Headquarters is viewed as an innovative building project that is helping drive the green building movement,” said Kurt Darrow, chairman, president and CEO of La-Z-boy, Inc. “Acting with integrity and being socially responsible are key to our core vision and values; and we carry our corporate responsibility not only through our World Headquarters, but through our manufacturing facilities across the country.”
La-Z-boy achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
Some of the notable features include:
- Fabric Duct Sox under the floor for air distribution.
- DIRTt (Doing It Right This Time) demountable, sustainable wall systems that allow work surfaces, overhead cabinets and displays to be mounted seamlessly off surfaces, without damage.
- Prodema and an Oko skin exterior rain screen panel system.
- Continuous exterior spray foam insulation/vapor barrier.
- Raised roof patio system terraces.
- Exterior aluminum screens on the entry façade to filter light before it reaches the glass.
- Electronic room scheduling devices used in formal conference rooms and informal gathering spaces.
- Programmable solar shades on all windows controlled by sun sensors on the roof.
- Many energy-efficient data center features, including the first US-manufactured Kyoto air handling units which were employed to service the data center.
- A geothermal system with 252 wells, 400 feet deep through bedrock.
- Equipment, lights and security systems that can be adjusted by facilities management using mobile devices.
- Energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the facility.
“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “The La-Z-boy World Headquarters project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”