Chubb goes platinum with green building success
By reducing its energy consumption by 117,700 kilowatt hours, replacing ageing equipment, banning single-use plastics, and collecting rainwater from it roof, the Chubb Building has become a shiny example for others.
The building on Woodbourne Avenue is the first in Bermuda to be awarded Leed Platinum status, the highest level of recognition in the green building certification programme that recognises best-in-class building strategies and practices.
Chubb’s building has twice been reclassified at the gold level, most recently in January when it scored 72 points in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, programme.
It has now gone to the top of the class locally after earning 81 points on the 100-point certification scale.
Platinum certification is awarded for buildings that score 80 points or higher. The programme is operated by the more on the US Green Building Council.
The Chubb Building’s improved performance has been helped by a five per cent decrease in its energy consumption, which represents the same amount of electricity that would power 336 homes in Bermuda for a month.
Colin Brown, vice-president of facilities and Leed project manager for Chubb in Bermuda, said achieving the platinum certification had been an aspirational goal for the company.
“We are gratified and honoured that Chubb’s efforts to continually enhance the environmental performance of this building have been recognised. We are proud to lead the way as the first and only building in Bermuda to earn Leed Platinum certification.”
Chubb has a Leed dynamic plaque on display in the building’s main lobby, to calculate the building’s performance data on the 100-point scale across the five Leed categories that are impactful to human health and the environment, which include energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience.
“The plaque serves as a constant reminder to employees to be environmentally conscious, which helps to maintain our high standards of green-building operations,” Mr Brown said.
A key objective of Chubb’s environmental programme is to measure, record and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its own operations. In May, Chubb announced a companywide initiative to reduce its global greenhouse gas emissions 20 per cent on an absolute basis by 2025, and by 40 per cent by 2035.
More information about Chubb’s environmental programmes and initiatives can be found in the company’s environmental report and in citizenship section of Chubb.com
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