GAF headquarters awarded world's first USGBC resilient design credit

GAF, a leader in residential roofing, has announced that its global headquarters in Parsippany, N.J., is the first building to be awarded a LEED Resilient Design Pilot credit from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The achievement recognizes North America's largest roofing manufacturer for accommodations made in the building's design that allow it to function during an emergency event. The award helps further the commitment to global sustainability and energy efficiency for which GAF is known, the release said.

"GAF has shown leadership in resilience as well as sustainability, and the company's decision to pursue these rigorous credits demonstrates a strong corporate commitment to those goals,” said Alex Wilson, president of the Resilient Design Institute and co-chair of the committee that developed the pilot credits. “For GAF employees in their new headquarters, the benefits of addressing resilience could be huge if the region experiences another Hurricane Sandy."

To achieve the designation, also known as the IPpc98 credit, building owners must assess and successfully plan for a wide range of natural disasters such as flooding, tornados, high winds and earthquakes.

There are several aspects of the GAF building design that lead to this designation, including flood preparation and backup capabilities that allow GAF to continue operations and customer service in the face of disaster and long-term outages. In addition, the roof is rated above local code requirements, and is topped with EverGuard Extreme TPO and EnergyGuar PolyIso.

"LEED certifying our new world headquarters was very important. Driving energy efficiency and construction waste management, so core to LEED, are very much aligned with our values," said Martin Grohman, director of sustainability for GAF. “Several elements of the new Resilient Design credit, such as the Red Cross Ready Rating process, helped us improve our disaster readiness plan."


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Engineering Firms, Great Commercial Buildings, Healthy & Comfortable Buildings, Sustainable Communities, Thermal Envelope - Building Envelope, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: GAF Materials Corporation, U.S. Green Building Council

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