Renovated Building Is First in Columbus to Earn U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-CI Gold Certification
COLUMBUS, GA – (December 3) – Aflac, today announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Commercial Interior (LEED) Gold certification to Aflac for the renovation of the company’s CSC office building in Columbus, GA. The 133,000 square foot CSC structure, which houses the company’s Sales and Marketing departments, is the first in Columbus to earn LEED certification.
The U.S. Green Building Council developed LEED-CI is an independent, third-party rating system for sustainable improvements to existing buildings. Buildings are rated on five key categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy efficiency and atmospheric quality, use of materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovations in upgrades.
To achieve LEED-CI Gold certification, Aflac required that more than half of construction waste be diverted from landfills, more than 80 percent of the total wood-based building materials come from FSC-certified forests, and that project materials (45 percent) were procured from within 500 miles of the project site to limit emissions related to transporting construction supplies. Lighting power density in the building has been reduced by more than 30 percent while all equipment and appliances within the renovated structure are Energy Star-rated.
“Having a LEED Gold-certified building marks the latest milestone in Aflac’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and ensuring that our employees have an environmentally friendly, healthy and productive place to work.” Aflac Vice President of Facilities and Chair of Aflac’s employee Green Committee, Alfred Blackmar said. “We will continue to prioritize the three Rs of the environment: recycling, reusing resources and reducing our overall footprint within our community.”
The company hopes that this Gold certification will serve as a role model for other businesses in the region. In addition to this LEED Gold certification, Aflac also owns the only three EPA Energy Star-rated buildings in Columbus.
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