Mobile, Ala. Â—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) confirms White-Spunner ConstructionÂ’s self-built corporate headquarters meets the standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. After more than 12 months of occupancy, operating the 40,000 square foot, two-story building has proven LEED efficiency with a 20 percent energy savings and 30 percent water savings from the companyÂ’s former business location. Water savings are realized with low-flow toilets, low flow faucets and no irrigation of drought tolerant landscaping. Energy efficiencies are witnessed in the roof coating to limit heat island effect, energy efficient lighting to include light control sensors, and energy efficient appliances. The White-Spunner building offsets 35 percent or more of the building's electricity with green power from renewable sources. The construction company has engaged in a two-year, renewable energy contract with Choose Renewable which produces green power and puts it back on the grid, thus offsetting carbon emissions produced by the structure. Â“When we started planning a new corporate headquarters, we wanted to do the right thing. Green buildings which are LEED certified are energy efficient, use less water, are healthy for occupants, and have a relatively low impact on the environment. When you look at all the benefits, it boiled down to protecting our environment, lowering operating cost and creating a healthy environment for our employees,Â” says John White-Spunner, CEO, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. Additional sustainable design components that helped achieve LEED certification for the White-Spunner headquarters include: Â• On the interior, the open floor plan includes large windows, skylights, views to the outside, and a high percentage of natural light. Â• On the exterior, there is light pollution reduction and preferred parking for fuel efficient vehicles. Â• During construction, 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill. Â• Many construction materials were locally produced including the structural steel, concrete, rebar and metal studs. Â• Use of recycled materials, such as recycled carpet by J&J Industries. Â• Employees participate in an on-going recycling program. Piedmont Green Building Solutions, LLC, served as LEED consultants to White-Spunner on the project. Piedmont Green Building Solutions serves as a LEED consultant to architects, contractors, and engineers. They have already led two projects to LEED certification in 2009 and are currently consulting on an additional 12 projects including schools, government buildings, office complexes, and mixed-use facilities. "It is time to get rid of the myths surrounding Â‘greenÂ’ construction. White-Spunner has developed a beautiful and highly functional open interior work space that is friendly to employees, less demanding on our local environment and resources, and at a significant savings on energy and water costs every month," remarked Robin White, President, USGBC Alabama Chapter. About the USGBC The U.S. Green Building Council Alabama Chapter was formed to advance and promote sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design, construction and operation of the stateÂ’s buildings, landscapes, cities and communities. For more information, visit www.usgbcofal.org. # # # Photo caption: Robin White presents official LEED Silver plaque to the White-Spunner Construction executive management team. From Left: Mike Fitzgerald, president; Tommy Rowe, executive vice president; Robin White, President of U.S. Green Building Council of Alabama; John White-Spunner, CEO; Jeff Carrico, vice president; and Scott Rowe, LEED AP, project manager.