PARSIPPANY, NJ—Mack-Cali Realty Corp.’s 5 Wood Hollow Road office building here has just received LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council – becoming the 13th commercial property in the state to get the award for operations and maintenance of an existing building.
The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system recognizes “maximized operational efficiency with minimized environmental impact,” according to the USGBC. It addresses cleaning and maintenance issues, including chemical use, recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs and system upgrades.
Mitchell E. Hersh, Mack-Cali president and CEO, said the LEED Gold award
exemplifies the institutional quality of this class A building.”
“We find businesses today are seeking office properties that are energy efficient and more sustainable, with a goal of reducing their overall carbon footprint,” he said. Like other major players in New Jersey’s office market, Mack-Cali has placed strong emphasis on getting its existing buildings LEED-certified and building new projects with sustainable features.
In pursuit of the award for 5 Wood Hollow Rd., Mack-Cali implemented these sustainability programs:
? Elimination of all uses of potable water for irrigation, resulting in savings of two million gallons of water
? Installation of low-flow restroom fixtures, resulting in a 30% annual reduction in water use
? Recycling efforts, resulting in a 60% diversion rate of recyclables from landfill
? Reduction of parking lot lighting after hours, saving electricity and preventing light pollution
? Use of 100% environmentally-friendly cleaning products
This project was completed by the Mack-Cali property management team, with Gerard Hazel of Sustainable Systems providing consulting services.