By Nick Gilbert
LD Products’ headquarters at Long Beach has received the top-most accolade for energy conservation and environmentally friendly buildings, after two years of consistent efforts. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the LEED Platinum certificate to the online ink retailer’s offices and warehouse as per the council’s strict 2009 v. 3 regulations.
The development project in Long Beach Douglas Park business community went through a thorough planning procedure concretized by CEO and founder Aaron Leon, project manager Alex Silber, and developer Chuckie Lyons, aimed at achieving the top-most levels of aesthetics, sustainability, comfort, and power savings. To earn the LEED Platinum with 82 points, LD Products included attributes such as waterless urinals, lighting activated by sound and motion, walk-off grates to minimize dust carried into the building, choice parking for low-emission vehicles, and an improved air filtration system throughout the complex. Most of the 110,000 sq. ft. of the unit is occupied by the warehouse. Numerous packages of appropriate products to replace printer brands such as remanufactured ink and laser toner and remanufactured products such as repaired and refilled printer cartridges are packaged and traverse through the LD Products’ warehouse before being shipped to markets. Renewable energy sources power the warehouse automation and conveyor assemblage, lights, air-conditioning and power used in the administrative offices of LD Products which remain open about 14 hours each day. The photovoltaic system on the roof of the structure that is connected to the grid accounts for 18% of the energy. Despite being expensive to construct, the environmentally worthy building offers many benefits.
LD Products’ new headquarters is forecast to use 47% less electricity and 42% less potable water when compared to similar structures.