What Is LEED?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) encompasses five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED is a point-based rating system; points are earned for building attributes considered environmentally beneficial. A building design can be certified to one of four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified.

Our Rochester Service Center received a Silver rating.

What Was Incorporated Into Our LEED Building Design?

  • Integrated design approach considered building shell, lighting, and mechanical systems, providing Minnesota Energy Resources with exceptional comfort and energy savings.
  • A high performance lighting system with cutting-edge technologies such as LED fixtures.
  • Carpet and other products manufactured with a high percentage of recycled content.
  • A waste management plan that recycled 65% of all construction waste from the site, greatly reducing the amount of materials brought to landfills.
  • High clerestory windows in interior office space, the warehouse and service areas allow for day-lighting, decreasing the amount of energy used for lights.
  • In-floor heating in garage and service areas.
  • Motion sensors for lighting and HVAC save energy use when spaces are unoccupied.
  • Water saving features including waterless urinals and dual-flush toilets.
  • Native vegetation on site, including prairie grasses, helps conserve water, reduce maintenance, and improve the surrounding environment.

Location

The service center facility has a 10,100 square foot office and a 7,500 square foot warehouse on the northwest side of the city of Rochester on Technology Drive.