USM Headquarters Receives LEED Silver Certification
EMCOR Company's Norristown, PA Facility Confirmed "Sustainable" By USGBC
NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, June 20, 2012 – As part of its continuing commitment to sustainability, USM, Inc. has recently received LEED Silver CI (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors) certification for its headquarters facility in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The ribbon cutting for the facility was held in October 2011.
A leading national provider of interior and exterior facilities maintenance programs, USM is a subsidiary of EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE: EME) a Fortune 500® leader in mechanical and electrical construction, energy infrastructure, and facilities services for a diverse range of businesses.
"At USM and across EMCOR, we continue to make great strides in promoting green practices, in our work for clients and within our operations," stated Ivan Dubow, Chief Operating Officer at USM, Inc. "Being awarded LEED Silver certification for USM's headquarters facility demonstrates commitment toward creating a more sustainable future. Importantly, creating a green headquarters is also indicative of USM's dedication to the well-being of its employees, who greatly appreciate an open, collaborative work environment that is well lit with natural light and provides maximum comfort through the most advanced building systems available today."
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awards LEED certification as recognition of a building's overall sustainability profile. To receive a LEED Silver CI certification, USM, along with the property manager and various contractors, implemented a sustainability program at USM's headquarters facility that required a variety of retrofits and high performance building approaches, including:
- Skylights, daylight harvesting (dimming), and solar blinds.
- A green roof that reduces storm water runoff by 50-90% and improves the building's thermal barrier thus reducing heating and cooling costs.
- High efficiency HVAC systems.
- High efficiency lighting and Energy Star appliances.
- A building management system to control and optimize all systems.
- Bike racks and showers (for employees who bike to work).
- Preferred parking spaces for alternative fuel vehicles.
- Reuse and recycling of materials during construction.
- Recycling and green cleaning programs on an ongoing basis.
- Reduced water usage by 32% through the use of highly efficient fixtures.
- Low-emitting materials such as adhesives and sealants, paints and coatings, and flooring systems.
- Energy modeling proving that the new building uses 45% less energy than it would have with a traditional design.
About USM, Inc.
USM is a leading provider of essential facilities maintenance services, including interior and exterior services and electrical, mechanical and plumbing services, to national and regional commercial customers that typically maintain more than 100 sites across wide geographic areas. With its highly developed, proprietary network of over 11,000 service partners, USM delivers consistent facilities maintenance services across a nationwide footprint for approximately 150 customers in over 75,000 locations in all 50 states and Canada. Headquartered in Norristown, PA with offices in Red Bank, NJ, USM is a subsidiary of EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE:EME), a Fortune 500 company with estimated 2012 revenues of ~$6.3B. EMCOR is a leader in mechanical and electrical construction, energy infrastructure, and facilities services and a provider of critical infrastructure systems. EMCOR gives life to new structures and sustains life in existing ones by its planning, installing, operating, maintaining, and protecting the sophisticated and dynamic systems that create facility environments---such as electrical, mechanical, lighting, air conditioning, heating, security, fire protection, and power generation systems---in virtually every sector of the economy and for a diverse range of businesses, organizations and government. EMCOR represents a rare combination of broad reach with local execution, combining the strength of an industry leader with the knowledge and care of 170 locations. The ~26,000 skilled employees of EMCOR have made the company, in the eyes of leading business publications, amongst the "World's Most Admired" and "Best Managed". EMCOR's diversity---in terms of the services it provides, the industries it serves and the geography it spans---has enabled it to create a stable platform for sustained results. The Company's strong financial position has enabled it to attract and retain among the best local and regional talent, to undertake and complete the most ambitious projects, and to redefine and shape the future of the construction and facilities services industry. Additional Information on EMCOR can be found at www.EMCORGroup.com.
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