(Parsippany, NJ – 10/21/16) GAF is honored to announce that its global headquarters in Parsippany, NJ, is the first building in the world to be awarded a LEED® Resilient Design Pilot credit from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This achievement recognizes North America’s largest roofing manufacturer for accommodations made in the building’s design that allow it to function during an emergency event. The award, which was received in time for the 2017 Greenbuild Conference, helps further the commitment to global sustainability and energy efficiency that GAF is known for.
“I was thrilled to see GAF step up to the plate and pursue one of the pilot credits on resilient design,” noted Alex Wilson, president of the Resilient Design Institute and co-chair of the committee that developed the pilot credits. “GAF has shown leadership in resilience as well as sustainability, and the company’s decision to pursue these rigorous credits demonstrates a strong corporate commitment to those goals. For GAF employees in their new headquarters, the benefits of addressing resilience could be huge if the region experiences another Hurricane Sandy.”
To achieve this designation, also known as the IPpc98 credit, building owners must assess and successfully plan for a wide range of natural disasters such as flooding, tornados, high winds, and earthquakes. There are several aspects of the GAF building design that lead to this designation, including flood preparation and backup capabilities that allow GAF to continue operations and customer service in the face of disaster and long-term outages. In addition, the roof is rated above local code requirements, and is topped with EverGuard Extreme® TPO and EnergyGuard™ PolyIso.
“LEED certifying our new world headquarters was very important. Driving energy efficiency and construction waste management, so core to LEED, are very much aligned with our values,” said Martin Grohman, director of sustainability for GAF. We thank the USGBC for a rewarding, instructive process through our certification. Several elements of the new Resilient Design credit, such as the Red Cross Ready Rating process, helped us improve our disaster readiness plan.”
GAF is proud to promote sustainability in all areas, in addition to building design. It practices and supports new technologies in energy efficiency, material optimization, and recycling that help conserve natural resources. The Company is committed to sharing its knowledge to help its contractors, colleagues, and customers do the same.
For more on the dedication that GAF has shown to sustainability and the environment, go to www.gaf.com/green.