BHP BILLITON CHINA OFFICE BECOMES FIRST COMMERCIAL OFFICE IN CHINA TO RECEIVE LEED GOLD CERTIFICATE
SHANGHAI, November 27 – BHP Billiton announced today that the company’s “green” office in Shanghai has earned a LEED Gold Certification in the Commercial Interiors (CI) category. This is the first time that a commercial office space in China has achieved this level of recognition for smart energy use and environmentally-friendly design.
"This is an important milestone for BHP Billiton and for the industry we operate in," said Mr. Clinton Dines, President of BHP Billiton China. "This facility establishes a new benchmark for energy and environmentally efficient office spaces in China and it reflects BHP Billiton's continued leadership in implementing sustainable initiatives to minimise the negative impact that we may have on the environment.”
“As a leader in the natural resources industry, BHP Billiton has an important role in meeting the world’s growing need for energy and resources. As a responsible company, BHP Billiton has an equally important dedication to realising the company’s commitment to Zero Harm -the highest health, safety and environmental standards for its employees, customers and local communities,” said Mr. Dines.
BHP Billiton China has invested in cutting edge technology and design concepts which use energy as efficiently as possible. Located in the Corporate Avenue Building overlooking Shanghai’s Taipingqiao Lake, the BHP Billiton China office was designed and outfitted with careful consideration for the building’s features, “green” design elements, construction standards, materials used, and energy and water consumption levels.
The globally accepted LEED rating system promotes an integrated approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water use reduction, energy efficiency, materials selection and quality of the indoor environment.
Some of the “green” design elements used in the BHP Billiton China office include:
1. Usage of eco-sensitive products and materials. Recycled materials were utilized wherever possible so as to reduce the office’s overall consumption of resources and energy. The office chairs are made of 51% recycled content and are 98% recyclable at the end of their life span. All workstations and chairs from the previous office were either reused or recycled. The new floor finishes are flame retardant and anti-allergic. The installation of waterless urinals will reduce water usage in urinals by up to 98%. Also, 91% of the electric equipment and appliances used in the office are Energy Star rated.
2. Daylight responsive controls system. A full glass curtain wall and high-efficiency lighting fixtures allow for the optimal amount of natural light to enter the office, thus requiring less artificial light and reducing overall energy usage. BHP Billiton designed an artificial lighting system using timers and motion and photo sensors to automate and regulate the lighting throughout the whole office.
3. China’s first commercially used HP HALO video conferencing system. To dramatically reduce travel-related carbon emissions, the “green” office was equipped with Hewlett-Packard’s HALO advanced video conferencing system. This system allows BHP Billiton employees to meet colleagues and clients around the world with “face-to-face” clarity, thus reducing the frequency that BHP Billiton employees need to travel long-distance for business. BHP Billiton’s installation of the HALO system marks the first time that this leading technology has been used commercially in China.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC), a non-profit corporation in the United States. The LEED rating system is a globally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance, low impact buildings and office premises.
Along with the LEED Gold Certificate awarded by USGBC, the BHP Billiton China office has also been recognized by other influential organizations as a benchmark for the promotion of sustainable design in China. On 22 April 2008, World Earth Day, BHP Billiton engaged Roots and Shoots, an environmental program at the Jane Goodall Institute, to conduct an Eco-Office Evaluation to assess the energy consumption levels of the space. University students independently audited the office environment and submitted very positive evaluation reports that highlighted BHP Billiton’s efforts to further reduce its ecological footprint.