Monday, May 11 2015
Bloomington, IN -- Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. is pleased to announce that its new headquarters building has been awarded LEED Gold certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nationally accepted benchmark for design, construction and operation of energy efficient facilities. The program recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve one of four levels of certification. The Gold certification awarded to Hoosier Energy is the second-highest designation the U.S. Green Building Council bestows on buildings that demonstrate energy efficiency and sustainability.
The 83,000-square-foot building on Cooperative Way sits on a wooded, 12-acre tract near the intersection of State Road 37 and Tapp Road. It was designed by Schmidt & Associates Architects with extensive input from employees to achieve the dual purposes of improving workforce productivity as well as providing a model for energy efficiency and environmental stewardship. “Our commitment to providing affordable, reliable power naturally extends to energy conservation,” said Steve Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As a member-owned electric cooperative, we want to set a good example of energy efficient building design.”
The building contractor, Indianapolis-based F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., helped ensure the facility featured many elements that underscore Hoosier Energy’s commitment to sustainability and efficiency. Two parking lot rain gardens capture rainfall. Windows harvest daylight, working in conjunction with occupancy sensors to provide natural light and save on energy costs. In addition, low-flow water fixtures and LED lighting are featured throughout.
“The building is 48 percent more energy efficient than a structure built to conventional standards,” said Matt Mabrey, who served as Hoosier Energy’s project manager for the new facility. A cornerstone sustainability feature is a geothermal heating and cooling system that consists of 120 wells drilled 300 feet deep adjacent to the new headquarters. The interior features recycled materials including reclaimed wood from trees removed during construction.
Hoosier Energy’s headquarters earned points in every section of the Gold LEED checklist including energy performance, water efficiency, design innovation and other sustainable practices.
Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Ind. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the Merom Generating Station and three other power plants, three renewable energy plants and a 1,700-mile transmission network. More information is at www.hepn.com.