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Holophane Awarded LEED® Certification for “Green” Headquarters Building
Lighting manufacturer’s facility is certified to the silver level

GRANVILLE, Ohio (March 2, 2009) – Holophane proved it follows its own advice when the company’s Product & Market Development Center was LEED® certified to the silver level by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“We are in the energy saving business and have provided the world with energy efficient lighting fixtures since our company was founded more than a century ago,” said Diarmuid McSweeney, former vice president of development for Holophane. “It was important that we confirm our commitment to sustainability and demonstrate that we do practice what we preach.”

Diarmuid McSweeney (left), former vice president of development for Holophane, and Jack Ries, VP Product Marketing, display the certificate presented by the U.S. Green Building Council for Holophane’s Product & Development Center in Granville. The 30,000-square-foot facility, which uses lighting fixtures from Holophane and its parent company, Acuity Brands, Inc., was LEED certified to the silver level.

Facility meets environmental criteria
Holophane’s 30,000-square-foot Product & Market Development Center is located at the company’s headquarters in Granville, Ohio. The project was LEED certified in the Commercial Interiors category, which required the company to accumulate points in several environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy & atmosphere, energy reduction, materials & resources and indoor environmental quality.

The Holophane Product & Market Development Center includes many green features such as energy efficient lighting, low VOC-emitting materials, low-flow plumbing fixtures and products purchased from local and regional companies. Holophane reduced its energy usage by designing a more intelligent luminaire layout, taking advantage of daylight harvesting and employing occupancy sensors and photocontrols.

Holophane employs its own, parent company fixtures
Holophane installed its own light fixtures and products from its parent company, Acuity Brands, Inc., throughout the building. Holophane compact and large 02454 pendant mounted luminaires with 32-watt compact fluorescent lamps were used in the lobby area, with compact 02454 units mounted in hallways and restrooms. Refractive Grid® fixtures with T8 lamps were installed in laboratories, dining areas and the facility’s fitness center.

Lithonia RT5 recessed indirect luminaires with T5 fluorescent lamps were mounted in open office areas and Gotham AFW downlights with compact fluorescent lamps used to light conference room perimeters. Peerless indirect pendant fluorescent fixtures with T5HO lamps were installed in executive and perimeter offices and above conference room tables.

“Achieving LEED certification was an extensive and detailed process that required us to properly recycle existing materials and commit to using recycled products,” McSweeney said. “We were, for example, able to reuse 30 percent of the furniture from our previous facility. Fifty percent of the building materials include recycled content.”

A team effort
Wachtel & McAnally, Architects and Planners, Newark, designed the Holophane Product & Market Development Center and Michael Senger, LEED AP, mechanical engineer, Heapy Engineering, Dayton, served as consultant for LEED certification. Gioffre Companies, Inc., Dublin, handled the building remodeling.

“Holophane’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before; the Holophane facility serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish.”

About Holophane
Headquartered in Granville, Holophane has been the leader in lighting solutions for 110 years. An Acuity Brands Company, Holophane provides energy efficient lighting systems for a range of commercial, industrial and outdoor applications. For more information, visit www.holophane.com.

About LEED
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is a feature-oriented system that awards buildings points for satisfying specific green building criteria. LEED can be applied to all building types including new construction, commercial interiors, core and shell developments, existing buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities.

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations.

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