Johnson Controls Aims for LEED Platinum

johnsoncontrols-logo.jpgAs I’ve remarked on numerous times in the past (links here), Johnson Controls remains one of the great unsung leaders in efficiency – having been making buildings more efficient since long before it became trendy.
Now, they’ve taken their expertise to their own operations with a complete gutting and renovation of their corporate headquarters with LEED platinum as the goal. (story here, requires sub). If succesful, the project would be the first multi-building LEED platinum facility in the world, and as far as I know, the first Fortune 500 headquarters to achieve any LEED rating (please correct me if I’m wrong on that).
The buildings will be powered by a combination of solar, geothermal and wind (no word on what percentage) and will feature everything from rainwater retention to personal energy settings in every office. However, it’s unlikely that its suburban location will result in many changes in employee commute patterns. Still, it’s a project worth watching and, likely, a model for all large corporations to learn from.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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  1. I just wanted to point out (as requested) that Johnson Controls isn’t the first Fortune 500 company to achieve a LEED rating. The global commercial real estate services firm CB Richard Ellis ( a Fortune 500 company) occupies, owns, and operates several LEED certified buildings. In addition, I know that CBRE has committed to “greening” (i.e. retrofitting buildings to achieve LEED-EB/LEED-CI etc) a large percentage of the properties that it manages. These initiatives are part of a larger commitment by the company to be entirely carbon neutral by 2010.

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