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Quad/Graphics plant achieves environmental LEED certification

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM


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Quad/Graphics’ Sussex, WI, manufacturing facility has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, Silver rating, from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a nonprofit group that promotes sustainable building practices. The accomplishment makes Quad/Graphics the first company of its kind to achieve any level of LEED certification for a manufacturing site. It also builds on the company’s longstanding and industry-leading approach to making business decisions that are both environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Because of its age, 25 years, the facility qualified for LEED for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB). Existing buildings, like Quad/Graphics’ manufacturing plants, must score at least 32 points out of a possible 85 to achieve the most basic level of certification. Quad/Graphics’ Sussex plant received 45 points, qualifying it for a Silver rating – just three points shy of a Gold rating. With 1.7 million sq. ft. of usable space on a 73-acre site, Quad/Graphics' Sussex plant houses almost 60 pieces of heavy industrial press and finishing equipment, and serves as the company’s corporate headquarters.

The facility recycles 99% of its solid waste, including paper, fluorescent lamps, batteries, metal, plastic, wood and concrete. The plant grounds have been designed to minimize storm water runoff. Non-potable water is used for irrigation and low-flow water fixtures within the plant reduce water consumption. Quad/Graphics uses light bulbs that burn 50 percent brighter while consuming 52 percent less energy. The Quad Building Management Network is an enterprise-wide computerized system for monitoring, recording and, in some cases, controlling in real time heating, ventilating and air conditioning; electrical and natural gas consumption and demand; process boilers, chillers, air compressors and vacuum systems; indoor air quality; and life safety systems.

Quad/Graphics’ Sussex plant is the first of 10 manufacturing sites the printer plans to certify.