GBCI awards LinkedIn’s sustainably designed Bengaluru office with prestigious LEED Green Building certification

The LinkedIn Technology Information Bengaluru office has announced that it has
been awarded LEED Platinum certification. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council
(USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are
designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and
human health performance.

“At LinkedIn, we are absolutely committed
to protecting the planet while we are growing globally. That’s why we design
our work spaces with the highest sustainability standards like LEED, and over
60% of our global office footprint has a green building certification,” said Peggy
Brannigan, global program manager for sustainability at LinkedIn.

LinkedIn
achieved LEED Platinum certification by implementing practical and measurable
strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable
site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and
indoor environmental quality. The LinkedIn office space has achieved energy
savings of 42%, uses 46% less water compared to a traditional building, and has
100% height adjustable workstations. The office can lower carbon footprint, as
the facility is designed for easy access to public transport, carpooling
parking and bicycle storage facility for employees who would like to cycle to
work. The project has scored a total of 92 out of 110 points under the LEED
2009 for Commercial Interiors rating system.

Space Matrix, the design partner behind
the project, has over 18 years of experience in workplace strategy, design and
execution, and is committed to creating work spaces that inspire people, impact
businesses and support sustainability. Mansi Patel, lead, International Client
Solutions at Space Matrix and manager on this project, shared the design
thinking behind LinkedIn’s office. “We designed self-sufficient ‘neighbourhoods’
at the project that articulated the core values and innovative work ethic of
LinkedIn. Each unique neighbourhood is a destination and is fully equipped with
an array of spaces for both work and recreation. These neighbourhoods are
interconnected by ‘project corridors’ to cater to project-based teams. Other
shared facilities include a cafeteria, pantries, medical room, games rooms,
music room, gym etc. These shared spaces provide the opportunity for adhoc
interactions, hence making the environment at the…office naturally conducive
for collaboration and innovation.”

Gopalakrishnan
Padmanabhan, managing director – APAC and Middle East, Green Business
Certificate Institute (GBCI), said, “Buildings that achieve LEED certification
are lowering carbon emissions, creating a healthier environment and reducing
operating costs while prioritising sustainable practices. Because of the
leadership of companies like LinkedIn, we are increasing the number of Green
buildings and getting closer to USGBC’s goal to outpace conventional buildings,
while being environmentally and socially responsible and improving the quality
of life for generations to come.”

LEED
is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of Green
buildings. Nearly 97,000 registered and certified commercial projects are
currently participating in LEED, comprising nearly 21 billion sq-ft of
construction space across 167 countries and territories.

About Green Business Certification
Institute (GBCI): GBCI is the premier organisation that independently
recognises excellence in Green business industry performance and practice
globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project
certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the
framework of the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) ggeen building rating systems, as well as the PEER
standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable SITES
Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater
Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP)
for energy efficiency retrofits as well as the GRESB benchmark, which is used
by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the
global property sector.

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