United Kingdom- Gensler’s design for Herman Miller’s international headquarters, also called Village Green, has been short listed for Corenet’s 2008 Sustainability award and is the first building in the UK to receive both BREEAM (excellent rating) and LEED (gold) accreditation. The 20,000-square foot facility is located in Chippenham, England.
Several notable details that make Village Green green and intelligent:
- Natural ventilation. A computerized system adjusts airflow, eliminating the need for air conditioning.
- All timber is from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) sustainable sources.
- Recycled aggregate building materials are sourced from within 30 kilometers.
- All carpeting is recyclable.
- Energy-efficient lighting is activated by movement sensors.
- Seventy-five percent of the building is exposed to natural daylight and 95 percent of the office space includes a view of the outside.
- Cycle racks and showers are provided to encourage alternative transportation
‘Village Green provides an efficient and dynamic work environment for employees and it also has become a popular customer destination,’ says John Portlock, president of Herman Miller International. ‘It also serves as a living case study about the possibilities that exist with sustainable design.’