Eastman China Headquarters in Shanghai Achieves LEED® Certification

Eastman China Headquarters in Shanghai Achieves LEED® Certification

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Eastman China Headquarters and Technical Center in Shanghai, China

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 9:30am

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July 1, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Eastman is pleased to announce that its China Headquarters and Technical Center in Shanghai, China has been awarded LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building and construction.

“The new Eastman China Headquarters and Technical Center exemplifies the commitment that Eastman has made to our employees and shareholders to grow and innovate as a global specialty chemical company,” said Dante Rutstrom, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific. “In addition, the new facility was designed and built to be an environmentally friendly and collaborative work space that demonstrates our commitments to Responsible Care and sustainability.  We are proud to add the USGBC LEED Gold Certification to the achievements that have resulted from this effort.”

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program that recognizes best-in-class sustainable building practices and strategies. To receive LEED certification, building projects must earn points through a rating system based on the prerequisites established by the LEED program. The number of points earned determines the level of certification, ranging from LEED Certified, with a minimum of 40 points, to LEED Platinum for projects earning more than 80 points.

Eastman’s new Shanghai location, which opened in April 2014, achieved gold certification with 71 points. As part of the integration following the acquisition of Solutia, Inc., the office and technical center brought Eastman team members from multiple locations in Shanghai to one China headquarters office.  The move allowed Eastman to make necessary changes to the new location to become a more sustainable working environment.

Elements that contributed to the building’s certification include LED efficient lighting, individual zone controls for heating and cooling, whole building energy management controls, low flow efficient fixtures reducing water usage, and an integrative approach to waste management. In addition, special consideration was given to using low-VOC materials in carpeting, paints and furniture throughout the office space ensuring a high level of air quality for its occupants. As a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence award recipient, the office has also instituted an ENERGY STAR® policy related to all equipment and appliances.

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The Eastman China Headquarters and Technical Center project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

For more information on Eastman’s LEED® certified building, visit www.eastman.com/sustainability.

Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day.  With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability.  Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders.  As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion.  The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.

U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.


Amanda Allman
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