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Date 07/08/2010

Lafarge Opens Doors At Its New Green Office Space In Reston, VA

Reston, VA

Lafarge North America Inc.

 

This week, Lafarge North America, a leader in building materials, opened doors at their new headquarters in Reston, Va. The new space has been designed to maximize the use of recycled materials and create a space that will use electricity, water and other resources in a more efficient manner.

 

"Moving to our new office has given us the opportunity to reduce our square footage, reduce our fixed costs and most importantly, increase the energy efficiency of our North American headquarters," said Yvon Brind'Amour, senior vice president of finance for Lafarge North America.

 

Lafarge's search for new office space started more than one year ago. The move committee surveyed more than 20 potential sites and actively negotiated with five potentials before deciding on the office space in Reston. Lafarge was able to save over 30 percent in rental costs in the new building, while gaining an office space that is better designed for their smaller, more mobile and more environmentally-conscious workforce.

 

Moving into a new office space gave Lafarge the opportunity to create a more sustainable office space with a lower carbon footprint. These sustainable features, many which feature Lafarge products, include:

 

  • Interior concrete walkways with lower release of volatile organic compounds (VOC) compared to carpet walkways which rely on glue and other high-VOC materials
  • Lafarge synthetic gypsum wallboard which uses 99 percent recycled material
  • A sustainable design focused on allowing more natural light inside, resulting in lower demand for artificial lighting
  • Thermal monitoring ensuring different sections of the building are being heated and cooled individually without any wasted energy.
  • Water-efficient toilets, sinks and other products which result in a 30 percent reduction in water usage.
  • Motion sensor activated lights that automatically shut off when there is no movement in an area for a given period of time.

 

In addition, more than 90 percent of the construction waste from the Lafarge headquarters will be recycled. With its green products and new sustainable office space, Lafarge is further solidifying its place as an industry leader in sustainability in North America.

 

 

Contact:

Serene Jweied

Director of Communications

703.480.6647

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Lafarge Group is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 78,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.9 billion Euros in 2009. Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge North America" or "Lafarge"), a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.

In 2010 and for the sixth year in a row, the Lafarge Group was listed in the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World". With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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