EMD Serono, an associate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, declared that its modern research center located in Billerica, MA has achieved the LEED Gold certification provided by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The green facilities incorporated in the building were verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Billerica research center, which sustains the allegiance of the company in discovering and introducing inventive treatments in neurodegenerative diseases, oncology and fertility, is one among the five medical laboratories located in Massachusetts to attain the LEED Gold Certification.
The new medical research facility occupying a floor space of 140,000 square foot is built utilizing eco-friendly design and features. The eco-friendly features incorporated in the building include energy conserving cooling towers, efficient variable speed chillers, high efficiency boilers, low velocity/pressure drop, low flow fume hoods, energy conserving air distribution facilities, low flow water system, energy recovering systems on exhaust and installation of energy saving lighting and controls. The construction enables maximum natural light in the working areas and an installed daylight monitoring system cuts down the power usage. The installed solar facility provides the power needed for the lobby area.
The building reused nearly 95% of the wastes such as steel, brick and more than 20% of the materials utilized in the construction have recycled content. Over 50% of the wood used in the building received Forest Stewardship Council certification. The research facility is designed to utilize 19% less energy and around 72% less water than other conventional constructions.
EMD Serono has utilized the services of a number of businesses located in Massachusetts in the project