The company’s Environmental, Health and Safety building cuts water use by 50 percent.
Kohler Co. was recently
awarded Silver LEED® Status from the U.S. Green Building Council
for its work to transform the company’s Environmental, Health and Safety
building into a more environmentally efficient structure.
Grgic, senior vice president for Kohler Co., led a team of several
associates for this project, which started 18 months ago. The building achieved
LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as
incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies.
verifies environmental performance, occupant health and financial return. LEED
was established for market leaders to design and construct buildings that
protect and save precious resources while also making good economic sense.
Silver LEED status, Kohler made several enhancements to the building’s interior
and exterior, along with installing several upgrades and monitoring devices for
energy and water usage. A 50 percent reduction in water usage was achieved by
installing new faucets and fixtures in the bathrooms, including Kohler’s own Steward
waterless urinal. High-efficiency toilets, such as its Highline 1.1 gpf, were
also installed. .5 gpm faucets with Kohler Tripoint Touchless Technology all
contributed to the significant water savings.
landscaping around the building includes native Wisconsin
plant life, all of which is easy to maintain and are able to grow without the
use of herbicides and extra potable water. A green cleaning program was
developed for the building, for which environmentally-friendly cleaning
products are used exclusively to maintain the building. Natural lighting is
utilized throughout the building, and in the areas extra light is needed, low
energy, long-lasting compact fluorescent bulbs are used.
received all five points in the Innovations Category for LEED, a not-so-common
achievement for a LEED-EB building (Existing
Building). A unique water
bottle filter and fill station helped play a role in this accomplishment. The
Kohler EHS building is one of only several LEED-EB buildings in Wisconsin.
Source: Kohler Co.
Kohler Building Earns Silver LEED Status
August 27, 2009