Green Building Design
Our Devens facility in Massachusetts.
Green buildings incorporate principles of sustainable design to reduce their environmental footprint and promote occupant health and productivity through energy and resource efficiency, practical applications of waste reduction and pollution prevention, indoor air quality and natural light.
Our Devens facility in Massachusetts, a state-of-the-art biologics manufacturing facility represents our single largest capital investment and we saw this as an opportunity to incorporate green practices in building design. We received gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the office/lab building in 2009 and silver LEED certification for the manufacturing building in 2010. These are Bristol-Myers Squibb’s first ever LEED-certified buildings. Design considerations include exterior glass walls and communal office space to allow natural light to stream into the building’s center, energy and water efficient fixtures, as well as heating and cooling systems engineered to minimize energy consumption.
In April 2008, our Wallingford, Connecticut research facility became the first building in the U.S. to achieve a rating using the new Green Globes rating system, Green Globes for Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings. The building received two Green Globes for its management practices to reduce environmental impacts, healthy indoor environment, pollution controls and comprehensive energy management plan – which includes onsite renewable energy and high-efficiency features, such as lighting and boilers.
Bristol-Myers Squibb also integrated these principles into the construction of its new office building in Munich, Germany to reduce its environmental impacts and create a healthy workplace for employees. Together with Vivico, Bristol-Myers Squibb, utilized both innovative, state-of-the-art technologies and a holistic approach in the design, construction and use of the building. Important considerations include locating the building so that it is easily accessible by public transportation, placing plants on the roof, and using environmentally preferable furniture and carpet, water and energy-efficient equipment, geothermal heating and cooling, and environmentally preferable construction materials that exclude PVC. Our Munich, Germany office building is heated 100% by renewable geothermal sources of energy.
Both our Swords and Cruiserath manufacturing facilities in Ireland are operating to the European Energy Management standard EN 16001, which entails a systematic approach to sustainable energy efficiency.