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Date 02/07/2014

Lafarge U.S. Headquarters in Chicago Earns LEED® Gold Certification


Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge North America is pleased to announce that its Lafarge U.S. headquarters in Chicago has achieved gold certification under LEED® for Commercial Interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED® gold certification identifies Lafarge's Chicago office as a showcase for sustainable design and recognizes the company's leadership in transforming the building industry.  


"We are extremely proud to have achieved LEED® gold certification at our headquarters in Chicago," said Lafarge U.S. President and CEO John Stull. "We were very deliberate in designing an office that would reflect our values and our commitment to contributing to building better cities and a healthier, more sustainable future. The Lafarge Group is continually working toward similar achievements at our facilities around the world."


The use of sustainable Lafarge building materials contributed to the office's high marks for indoor environmental quality and innovative design. These include limestone from the local Elburn, IL quarry, used as a backsplash in the reception area, and high-performance, low-emission Ductal concrete for the tile flooring and the kitchen countertops. In addition, the office is conveniently located within walking distance from the Blue Line, providing an environmentally-friendly option for employees commuting to work by train.


Other sustainable features that were important to Lafarge during the design phase and contributed to this proud achievement include:


  • Synthetic gypsum wallboard which uses 99 percent recycled material;
  • A sustainable design that allows ample natural light, reducing demand for artificial lighting;
  • Zone-specific thermal monitoring to ensure comfort without wasted energy;
  • Water-saving toilets and sinks, which reduce typical water use by 30 percent; and
  • Motion sensors that ensure lights turn off automatically when rooms are not occupied.


The Lafarge U.S. headquarters office opened in Chicago in September 2012.


Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Director of Communications

United States
Ph: 303.895.0455


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 260 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 3,000 employees in 40 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate and concrete businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum.


Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials and employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Group contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected.  Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. 


With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website:

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