Petzl America receives LEED Platinum certification for its Salt Lake City headquarters designed by AJC Architects
Designed by AJC Architects, Petzl headquarters has been awarded the Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the benchmark for the design, construction and operations of high-performing green buildings. The Petzl building’s success is all down to the use of cutting edge materials and technologies which help to lessen the company’s carbon footprint. Every decision, from site selection and materials, to lighting and work environment, was driven by the desire to reduce the company’s impact on the environment and improve the quality of life for employees.
“As a brand serving outdoor enthusiasts such as climbers, cavers, and canyoneers, Petzl sees protecting and preserving the environment not only as the right thing to do ethically, but also as a natural extension of our business model,” said Petzl America President, Nazz Kurth. “With this building, we hope to demonstrate that you can grow as a business and at the same time reduce your carbon footprint.”
The building received high marks across all categories of the LEED evaluation for sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.
The building was constructed using 22% recycled materials and 87% of the wood used is Forest Stewardship Service certified. A Building Automation System provides a dashboard with real-time feedback on water, electricity, and natural gas use, and allows the control of heating, cooling, and lighting from a central computer. The building uses a water-efficient irrigation system and low-flush toilets.
Photovoltaic panels on the roof generate 20% of the electrical needs, while a combination of large windows and skylights with GPS-controlled reflector lenses maximise daylight throughout the workspace. Nearly 98% of the regularly occupied spaces are naturally lit, with views of the outdoors throughout the building.
And it’s a great place to work too, with employees having access to a 55-foot climbing wall, bouldering wall and fitness area, along with kitchen facilities, adjustable standing desks, and an outdoor volleyball court. To help reduce employee reliance on cars, the new building is within a quarter-mile of two public transportation light-rail stations, as well as a fleet of bikes for employees to use, and ample storage space. There is also a charging station for electric vehicles.
In the warehouse, a cutting-edge, robotic handling system reduces the footprint required for inventory storage, and is very energy efficient. The iBOTs use onboard ultra-capacitators to recapture energy during deceleration and descent, and store that energy to propel the iBOTs during the picking process.
As Petzl continue to grow in North America, their new headquarters is a statement of the brand’s commitment to the beauty and sustainability of the place it calls home.