Completed in November last year, Akzonobel’s Strongsville Technology Center in Ohio is only a third the size of the former location. Designed to use less than a third of the natural gas, electricity and water, the facility has now been recognized under the worldwide LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program.
Recently, the site also received an innovation award from the Economic Development Authority in the City of Strongsville. The honour was awarded to recognize both the innovative products that are developed at the location – such as BPA-free coatings for beverage cans – and the new facility itself.
The new facility houses development and innovation activities for the company’s coil, extrusion and packaging coatings customers and serves as the regional headquarters. During the building phase, 87 percent of non-toxic construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfill. Sustainable building materials were also used, including adhesives, paints, coatings and flooring.
The new facility – a retrofit of an existing building – has designated areas for recycling paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic. In addition to efficient lighting, energy and HVAC systems, AkzoNobel purchased Green-e certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to offset 100 percent of its energy use for two years.