Lafarge Opens Green Office Space
The company’s search for new office space started more than one year ago. The move committee surveyed more than 20 potential sites and actively negotiated with five potentials before deciding on the office space in Reston. Lafarge was able to save more than 30 percent in rental costs in the new building, while gaining an office space that is better designed for their smaller, more mobile and more environmentally-conscious workforce.
Moving into a new office space gave Lafarge the opportunity to create a more sustainable office space with a lower carbon footprint. These sustainable features, many which feature Lafarge products, include:
Interior concrete walkways with lower release of volatile organic compounds compared to carpet walkways which rely on glue and other high-VOC materials
Lafarge synthetic gypsum wallboard which uses 99 percent recycled material
A sustainable design focused on allowing more natural light inside, resulting in lower demand for artificial lighting
Thermal monitoring ensuring different sections of the building are being heated and cooled individually without any wasted energy.
Water-efficient toilets, sinks and other products which result in a 30 percent reduction in water usage.
Motion sensor activated lights that automatically shut off when there is no movement in an area for a given period of time
In addition, more than 90 percent of the construction waste from the company’s headquarters will be recycled.