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Nordson Says New Headquarters Reflect Sustainability Pledge

Thursday, February 3, 2011

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Nordson Corp., a manufacturer of application equipment for coatings and other materials, says it has embraced a philosophy of environmentally responsible operations.

And it now it boasts a headquarters building that demonstrates this commitment to the green gospel.

Nordson Headquarters

The company recently opened a new 28,000-square-foot global headquarters in Westlake, Ohio, that features a wide range of green-building materials and systems. The company says the building is expected to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) green-building rating system.

The building’s “green” features include solar-reflective white roofing materials that reduce heat transfer and the urban heat-island effect; a partial green roof; and the use of low-VOC paint, coatings and other materials.

“We are looking forward to having our facility join a select group of LEED-certified buildings in Northeast Ohio,” said Ray Cushing, Nordson treasurer and coordinator of the new building process. “Our new headquarters is a true gem among the region’s green buildings, and its environmentally friendly construction and features are consistent with our philosophy of being stewards of the communities where we operate.” 

Nordson said the Cleveland area is home to 62 LEED-certified buildings; the total for all of Ohio is 151, according to USGBC.

Cleveland-based architectural firm Doty & Miller Architects, the green-building consultant on the project, was instrumental in the design of the energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building, Nordson said.

“Careful use of high-performance technologies resulted in a building which is anticipated to use less energy while providing a more comfortable environment for the occupants,” said Heather Walters, consulting architect and a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) with Doty & Miller Architects.

Green and sustainable aspects of the new building include low-flow water fixtures that dramatically reduce water consumption; a parking lot constructed with permeable pavers and a bioswale landscape feature that helps limit storm water generation; reflective white roofing materials that reduce heat island effects; a natural landscape design that includes an undisturbed wooded habitat; and extensive use of regionally sourced and recycled construction materials.

Nordson said the white reflective roof is a thermoplastic olefin (TPO) membrane made by Firestone Building Products. The low-VOC interior paint is Sherwin-Williams’ Promar® 200 latex; the paint’s VOC  content is listed as 97 grams per liter in the company’s product data literature.

Low-VOC materials were also used for flooring and furniture, Nordson said.

The ‘Green’ Details

Nordson says key sustainability objectives that were addressed in the design and construction of the new headquarters include the following:

Indoor environmental quality—Low-VOC paint, coatings, adhesives, and sealants; Green Label Plus carpets; plywood without added formaldehyde

Heat-island effect—Reflective white roofing materials and a partial green roof planted with native vegetation

Open space—Surrounding habitat and open space protected, with project work boundaries  carefully set and half the site left undisturbed

Stormwater control—Parking lot constructed with permeable pavers and a bioswale landscape feature that helps limit storm water generation

Reduced light pollution—Full-cutoff lighting fixtures and a carefully focused design that limits the amount of light spill from the property

Optimized natural lighting—Visual access to the outside for all building occupants and natural light

Efficient landscaping care—Native landscaping incorporated into the design; no turf used, with no need for intensive irrigation; leaf mulches native to the site used to help retain moisture

Alternative transportation—Bike racks installed; building location on public bus route; showers provided for bicycling commuters; preferred parking spaces provided for car-poolers and low-emitting vehicles

Water use—Low-flow fixtures throughout the building, resulting in a 32% total water savings

Energy use—Energy modeling during the design process; efficient systems; lighting design optimized; high-performing glass and wall systems.

Commissioning—Comprehensive commissioning plan developed, with a commissioning agent engaged

Reduced construction waste—Approximately 90% of construction waste recycled for this project

Material selection--Many materials with recycled content; 20% of materials regionally sourced; 50% of wood used was sustainably harvested according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards

Indoor environment control—Thermostats spaced to allow occupants to control their spaces; workstation control of lighting; conference rooms with multiple lighting modes; HVAC system designed to control temperature, humidity and air speed to provide comfort

Nordson is a major producer of precision dispensing equipment used in the application of liquid and powder coatings, adhesives, sealants, and other materials. The company also offers equipment used in UV-curing and surface-treatment processes.


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