Grifols Strengthens Environmental Commitment with First National Certification in Johnston County
- Grifols' new eco-friendly administration building recognized for excellence in sustainable design by the United States Green Building Council with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification
- The Grifols administration building is the first building in Johnston County to be certified as LEED Silver
- Certification is one of multiple Grifols environmental initiatives that illustrate commitment to the community and the environment
Clayton, NC, May 31, 2018 – Grifols, Johnston County's largest private employer, is no stranger to construction at its Clayton site as work continues on its $210 million investment plan. And it's no stranger to being a leading environmental steward. Grifols' 112,000 ft2 eco-friendly administration building just received LEED Silver certification for sustainable design—the first ever in Johnston County.
"Grifols is committed to being an environmentally responsible member of the Johnston County community," said David Kistner, Grifols Vice President of Engineering. "Sustainable design not only saves our precious natural resources, but it also helps Grifols run more efficiently. Going green is a win-win. It's an investment that all companies should make as they grow."
In order to achieve LEED Silver certification, Grifols diverted 99 percent of construction debris from the landfill and incorporated innovative solutions for sustainable design throughout the administration building, including:
- Selecting locally sourced materials with high recycled content
- Installing high-efficiency water fixtures to reduce water use
- Investing in electric vehicle charging stations and carpooling parking spaces
- Purchasing Energy Star rated appliances
Grifols also reduced the building's total lighting power density by 29% compared to industry standard, emphasized natural lighting throughout employee workspaces and used materials with low concentrations of indoor volatile organic compounds to improve indoor air quality.
Grifols' sustainability efforts go beyond building construction. The company has been an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor for 26 years, conducts annual "dumpster dives" to save recyclable materials from the landfill and to educate employees on proper disposal practices and sponsors local education groups on its 100-acre Wildlife Habitat Area. Among Grifols' environmental accolades are the title of Steward from the North Carolina Stewardship Initiative, the 2018 Campbell Institute Innovation Award, the 2017 Duke Energy Power Partner Award and the 2017 Chelsea Santucci Greenovation Award. In 2016, Grifols received the first general LEED certification in Johnston County for its warehouse.