DUBLIN, Ohio — IGS Energy, one of the largest residential retail natural gas suppliers in the United States, announced that its new Dublin headquarters has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest level attainable. It is the largest commercial office building in the state to earn Platinum under LEED-NC™ (New Construction) and the only project to achieve any Platinum certification in central Ohio.

The headquarters building, located at 6100 Emerald Parkway in Dublin, Ohio, was built to meet strict criteria in six areas of sustainability, as set by the U.S. Green Building Council. At 104,500 square feet, it is the largest LEED NC Platinum office building project in the state and one of only four LEED NC Platinum-certified projects listed by the USGBC in Ohio. IGS Energy earned 52 credits to achieve this award, including 10 out of 10 for energy efficiency.

As an energy company we wanted to focus on making responsible energy choices,” saidScott White, president of IGS Energy. “We were able to design our headquarters to consume about half the energy of a comparable facility, which was a great opportunity to demonstrate just how much impact the user can have in managing their energy consumption.  We hope this will encourage others to become more engaged energy consumers.”

The company said its project team strove to ensure that all possible energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly measures were utilized throughout the building’s design and construction, which began in October 2008. From a highly efficient HVAC system to state-of-the-art glass to sensor controlled lighting, IGS sought to minimize energy usage. The company also took advantage of renewable energy sources, including installing a geothermal heating and cooling system that creates a comfortable, year-round indoor environment and solar photovoltaic panels on the roof that reduce electric utility cost for the building by 7.5 percent.