Boca Raton, FL — Office Depot’s global headquarters, located in Boca Raton, Fla., has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR certification. The certification signifies that the building performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"Office Depot is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," says Edward Costa, vice president of construction for Office Depot. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs."
Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and also release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Energy-saving actions that Office Depot took to earn the ENERGY STAR certification included retrofitting most of the lighting on the global headquarters' campus, which consisted of:
• replacing all T5 lamps with 27-Watt, 4100 Kelvin lamps;
• changing all parking garage lights from 150-Watt metal-halide to 42-Watt florescent lamps; and
• reducing the amount of lamps that are on during the daylight hours by 70%.
Over the past 5 years, Office Depot has consistently built and operated environmentally sustainable stores and facilities. The global headquarters was Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified in 2010, and Office Depot opened its first LEED Gold Certified store in Austin, Texas, during the summer of 2008. In early 2010, Office Depot announced plans to only open LEED for Commercial Interior certified stores going forward and has opened 15 locations since. (To read Retail Facility Business’ cover story on this topic, click here.) Additionally in 2010, Office Depot announced that it will pursue LEED certification at its new warehouse facility in Newville, Pa.
For more information on Office Depot's environmental strategy, visit www.officedepot.com/environment.
For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings, visit www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings.
SOURCE: Office Depot