||Jan 14, 2009 06:47 PM
AMD Lone Star Campus Receives LEED Gold Certification
AMD today announced its Lone Star campus in Austin, TX has achieved a gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Based on current certified projects, this is the largest gold certified LEED commercial building in Texas.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The gold rating is the second highest rating obtainable in the system, and recognizes performance in dozens of design metrics including site selection and organized around six key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovative design.
“From the inception of the Lone Star project, AMD sought to set the standard for responsible development, and this award recognizes AMD’s Austin campus as one of the greenest corporate facilities in the U.S.,” said Allyson Peerman, vice president, Public Affairs, AMD. “Earning LEED gold certification not only demonstrates AMD’s leadership in green building and green energy practices, but also highlights our commitment to our employees and the communities where we conduct business.”
The Lone Star campus, which is home to AMD’s business operations and the Austin design engineering center, was designed and constructed by a diverse team of internationally recognized architects, engineers, ecologists and sustainability experts. The site development plan for the 58-acre, 870,000 square foot campus was based on three key tenets: limit site impact, protect water quality, and use innovative sustainable design. Some of the sustainable design elements include:
- Energy Use: Powered 100% by Austin Energy’s GreenChoice electricity, which comes from clean, renewable energy sources such as wind power
- Rainwater collection: Designed with a 1.2 million gallon capacity rainwater collection system, which is designed to provide water for the buildings’ cooling towers and irrigation
- Construction materials: Incorporated more than 20% of construction materials based on recycled content, and with more than 20% of locally sourced construction materials
- 100% Native Landscaping: AMD partnered with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to salvage the native trees, shrubs and grasses within the footprint of the campus, and replant them following construction.
AMD has a long history of environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility. Among other awards, AMD was recognized in 2008 as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in the World by Innovest Strategic Advisors.