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LEED chooses Nokia Jucu Factory in Romania as world-leading green building

Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) scheme makes Nokia’s Jucu factory the first building in Romania to be awarded global leader status because of its green design and construction...

Nokia's Jucu Factory in Romania has been chosen as one of the world's leading green buildings by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The prestigious Gold Rating for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) is the first for a building in Romania, and recognises the investment in innovative environmental features made by Nokia since its construction in 2007.

 USGBC certification recognises buildings that set new standards in the design and construction of the world's greenest, most energy efficient and highly performing buildings. The Nokia Jucu factory (a US$88 million investment in Romania established in 2007 and finalised in September 2008) is one of a small number of buildings around the world to achieve the LEED Gold rating and follows Nokia's China campus in Beijing, which was the first Nokia facility to receive LEED Gold Certification in 2008.

 The Jucu factory facility incorporates a range of innovative and sustainable features including:

  •  energy saving - the factory deploys a range of energy saving features including a thermal envelope around the core of the building, high efficiency glazing, reduced lighting power density, and occupancy sensors to manage heat and lighting. These features enable the building to use over 25% less energy than a standard building;
  • water usage - by installing a range of water-saving devices and systems such as flow limiters, the overall use of water at the Nokia building is over 30% less than at a standard building;
  • recycling - reducing the environmental footprint of the factory has been considered both during its construction and ongoing operations. Around 30% of the materials used to construct the factory were made from recycled materials and additional ones sourced locally. Additionally, around half of the construction waste was reclaimed and recycled. The USGBC also recognised Nokia's best practice waste management system, including dedicated recycling of materials such as production waste, cardboard, paper, plastic, glass, and metals;
  • sustainable transport - Nokia encourages sustainable transport alternative for factory employees including a shuttle system to reduce personal car use, 18 preferred parking for low-emitting vehicles, and provisions for bicycle storage and showers; and
  • superior working environment - the factory building was designed with a range of high quality facilities to ensure employees' comfort and well-being. These include lockers and storage space, excellent catering facility, health clinic and sauna.

"We are extremely proud to be leading the way in creating truly sustainable buildings in our operations. It is an honour that our factory in Romania has been picked as one of the world's most sustainable buildings and Romania's greenest factory. This achievement demonstrates our strong commitment and investment in sustainability, efficiency and environmental quality in the way we run our daily business" said Risto Meskus, Jucu Factory Managing Director.

* The Washington, DC-based US Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organisations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to US$60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and non-profit organisations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future US demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

** The US Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost programme for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The US Green Building Council's LEED rating system is the pre-eminent programme for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. 35,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED system, comprising over 5.6 billion ft2 of construction space in 92 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.

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