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BOSTON, MA

National Grid’s Northborough Facility Earns LEED Gold for Green Design Innovation

Jones Lang LaSalle Development Manager for the Project


BOSTON, Dec. 13, 2011 – National Grid today announced that its recently renovated facility in Northborough, Mass. has earned Gold-level LEED commercial interior certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its state-of-the-art “green” design, construction and amenities.  The building, which houses approximately 800 employees, is the hub for National Grid’s New England control center and customer service operations. Jones Lang LaSalle is the development manager for the project.
 
Gold certification recognizes one of the highest levels of green building achievement under the USGBC’s benchmark Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an independent green building rating system. 
 
LEED Commercial Interior is the energy industry’s leading recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain over time; and have a reduced environmental footprint.  In order to determine the rating for National Grid’s Northborough facility, USGCB measured several important elements such as lighting, finishes, furniture, and space layout.  Highlights of the building’s green and energy-efficient attributes include:
  • Lighting that uses approximately 30 percent less electricity than a typical commercial office building in Mass., saving more than 84,000 kilowatt hours annually – enough to power roughly 13 homes for one year;
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling systems with adaptable controls to sense outdoor and indoor temperatures;
  • Water conservation measures including dual-flush toilets, automatic sensor faucets and waterless urinals that together are expected to reduce consumption by about 575,000 gallons per year, or more than 48 percent;
  • Sustainable materials: about 25 percent of the materials and furnishings are recycled; more than 58 percent of the wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests; more than 74 percent of the furniture used in the project is either reused or refurbished;
  • Low-VOC adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings throughout the building; more than 53 percent regionally manufactured materials;
  • More than 83 percent of construction waste was recycled;
  • More than 86 percent of the appliances and office equipment are Energy Star rated.
“We’re proud to have again received this prestigious recognition as we strive as a company to reduce our carbon footprint and demonstrate our passion and commitment to sustainability and being stewards of the environment,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid, Massachusetts.  “This achievement illustrates for customers that we take energy efficiency very seriously and we ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to greening our workspace.”  
 
Reed added, “We’re appreciative of the innovation, talent and hard work demonstrated by everyone who helped us earn this award.”
 
Jones Lang LaSalle Vice President and Project Manager Michael Lamphier said: “National Grid continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and reduction of their carbon footprint. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to assist them with the delivery of this critical project.” Jones Lang LaSalle also served as project manager on National Grid’s LEED Platinum corporate campus in Waltham, MA.  
 
Renovations to National Grid’s 145,000 sq ft, two-story building in Northborough were completed in 2010. 
This is the second consecutive year that a National Grid building has received LEED distinction. Last year, the company’s Waltham, Mass. corporate center at Reservoir Woods earned Platinum-level LEED certification – the highest rating -- from the USGBC for its green design.  As part of its ongoing dedication to serving as an example and supporting green initiatives, National Grid has begun to enlist a number of green friendly practices such as carpooling and a shuttle bus service linked to public transportation, recycling at individual workstations and providing recycled cups and mugs to reduce the use of paper and plastic products.
 
The following companies worked with National Grid to complete the renovation project and thereby contributed to the achievement of gold-level LEED commercial interior certification:
  • Jones Lang LaSalle – development manager 
  • Spagnolo Gisness & Associates - architect/interior designer
  • AHA Engineers - LEED Consultant / Mechanical, Electric, Plumbing, Fire Prevention Engineer
  • A/Z Corporation - construction manager
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.
 
In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.
 
National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
 
For more information please visit our website: www.nationalgridus.com
 
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About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2010 global revenue of more than $2.9 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.8 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $47.9 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our website, www.joneslanglasalle.com