Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ headquarters has become the first building in Stamford, Connecticut to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum certification.
Starwood say their aggressive environmental goals and design-led approach is responsible for receiving the highest certification of LEED.
“We made a long-term investment in Stamford when we moved our global headquarters here and our extensive work for LEED certification is one way we continue to create a healthy and environmentally conscious work environment, which helps with retention, reduces energy consumption, and creates a more pleasant working experience,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and head of Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. “We’re proud of the dedication it took to achieve this certification – after more than five years – and proud of our associates’ commitment to the Harbor Point community.”
According to Starwood, architects, designers, and Starwood’s internal Global Citizenship team invested tens of thousands of hours since 2009 to earn LEED Platinum from the US Green Building Council for an existing building. Their choices for a more environmental and healthy environment also reflect a financial commitment of approximately two to four percent more than standard building costs.
The Stamford headquarters was designed by architecture and engineering firm HOK, to incorporate a bright workplace and open floor plan, that encourages collaborative interactions and allows for ample natural light. The space is in line with Starwood’s design-led approach and reflects the company’s commitment to sustainability, which is further expressed by its aggressive goals to cut energy use by 30 per cent, water use by 20 per cent, and carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 at all of its hotels globally.
Among the LEED Platinum decisions:
In addition to large windows and glass-walled offices and doors, the designers placed most offices in the middle of the floor with glass walls and doors so all associates have natural light.
A limited number of offices are on the exterior walls and all of them have glass walls and doors to ensure views and light for all associates.
The building uses daylight harvesting which automatically dims lights when it’s bright outside.
Starwood maximized all of the points available for water reduction by completely renovating the bathrooms and installing waterless urinals, low-flow faucets and fixtures, and dual flush toilets.
The architects and builders used low to no VOC materials.
The building has an air filter to make sure contaminants from the external air are filtered for the employees working inside.
Centralized printing stations reduced the number of printers on each floor, cut paper and ink waste, and have the additional benefit of getting people up and moving as well as interacting.
The company added full-scale recycling in its pantries as well as adding dishes and dishwashers on each floor to cut down on disposable plates and flatware.
During construction, Starwood sourced many materials locally to reduce excessive transportation of materials.
Starwood recycled 85 percent of its construction materials, keeping the discarded materials out of landfills.
The company will continue to make environmental sustainability improvements beyond this certification including more LED lighting and launching a property energy management system, which will allow for real-time changes to reduce electricity bills and energy consumption.