Green Building Design
We're proud of our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings. Green buildings incorporate principles of sustainable design to reduce their environmental footprint and promote occupant health and productivity.
Here are a few of the ways in which green buildings promote occupant health and productivity:
- Energy and resource efficiency
- Practical applications of waste reduction and pollution prevention
- Indoor air quality
- Natural light
Design considerations in our buildings include:
- Exterior glass walls and communal office space to allow natural light to stream into the building’s center
- Energy and water efficient fixtures
- Heating and cooling systems engineered to minimize energy consumption
Our Devens facility in Massachusetts is a state-of-the-art biologics manufacturing facility. It represents our single largest capital investment and we saw this as an opportunity to incorporate green practices in building design.
Our ZymoGenetics research facility received silver LEED certification.
In 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:
- Management practices to reduce environmental impacts
- Healthy indoor environment
- Pollution controls
- Comprehensive energy management plan (i.e. using 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, we utilized both innovative, state-of-the-art technologies and a holistic approach in the design, construction and use of the building.
Important considerations included:
- Installing geothermal heating and cooling. The building is heated 100% by geothermal energy.
- Locating the building so that it is easily accessible by public transportation
- Placing plants on the roof
- Using environmentally preferable furniture, carpet, water, energy-efficient equipment and construction materials that exclude PVC
Both of 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.