MARCH 2008

O-I World Headquarters achieves LEED Certification

Owens-Illinois, Inc. announced that its new world headquarters building in Perrysburg, Ohio, has been awarded silver LEED certification, recognizing it as a truly environmentally-friendly structure.

Owens-Illinois’ headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED certification is based on the number of points accumulated in the areas of sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy/atmosphere, materials/resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation/design process.

“The building was built in a uniquely sustainable nature. Everything from the materials used, and the recycling of scrap materials, to waterless urinals and a system to irrigate the grounds with water from a pond, lends to the environmentally-friendly construction and maintenance of the building,” said Frank Butler, O-I’s director of global real estate.

A variety of other features are utilized in accordance with LEED, such as featuring prairie grass plantings to reduce the need for irrigation and pesticides as well as to eliminate lawn mower emissions. In addition, bike racks, outlets for hybrid vehicles as well as a measurement and control system for lighting, heating, cooling and air quality are used to enhance the environmentally-friendly nature of O-I’s headquarters. Further, the interior office space construction utilizes a refurbished modular partition system, which has been recycled from the previous headquarters building and allows almost all workplaces to have visibility to daylight.