CUPERTINO, Calif. – July 23, 2008 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), today announced that its Culver City, Calif., campus has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is a leading-edge system for certifying the greenest performing buildings in the world and a nationally accepted benchmark for building sustainability.
“Earning LEED Gold Certification underscores Symantec’s commitment to minimizing our environmental impact while enhancing the health and well-being of our community and employees,” said Luigi Sciabarrasi, vice president, Real Estate and Facilities, Symantec. “The development of this innovative, green campus is a significant achievement in sustainability, and it marks a milestone in Symantec’s ongoing efforts to become a model of energy and resource efficiency.”
“Symantec is to be congratulated for achieving LEED Gold certification on their commercial office project,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “Symantec has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment, and by achieving certification, they also demonstrate a commitment to their employees’ health, comfort and well-being.”
To develop its’ LEED Gold-certified site, Symantec met high standards for site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. For the location of its LEED-certified Culver City campus, Symantec selected a site previously considered undevelopable in a densely populated area of the city. The facility features three water quality filtration units that surpass local standards for storm water treatment as well as landscaping and exterior design, including roofing, to reduce heat islands. The campus is located within a quarter mile of public transportation access to afford employees the opportunity for alternative commuting means. In addition, the number of parking spaces provided is below the local zoning requirements, and 100 percent of the parking is contained within the parking structure, thereby further reducing the heat island impact of paved surface parking.
Symantec Culver City also features several water efficiency enhancements, including landscaping that reduces water consumption by 50 percent and indoor fixtures that reduce water use by more than 40 percent. Energy performance is also enhanced, delivering a nearly 30 percent savings through the use of high efficiency windows, reduced lighting power density, efficiency HVAC, a water-side economizer system, and other features. A raised floor system holds the infrastructure for air and power distribution that gives the occupants control over their environment, thereby using less energy. Solar powered lamp posts in the parking areas provide an innovative alternative energy source. The interior layout of the building was designed for maximum flexibility and to provide daylight and a view for 90 percent of the occupants. Recycling and green housekeeping practices have been mandated throughout the campus.
During construction of the new campus, nearly 83 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills and more than 22 percent of all materials specified were made of recycled content. Nearly 22 percent of total project materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the project site, thereby reducing transportation costs and lowering emissions. Symantec Culver City also meets criteria for indoor environmental quality through features such as carbon dioxide monitoring, enhanced ventilation, the use of low-emitting materials, and more.
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More information about LEED and the U.S. Green Building Council can be found at, http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=124.
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