Frontier Awarded LEED® Silver Certification

Our renovation included our building facade, while using 100 percent of the existing building’s skin, roofing, and flooring.

Frontier is proud to announce that we’ve been awarded LEED® Silver certification for a major renovation at our manufacturing facility. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED certification is established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

We achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as a variety of other sustainable practices.

By using less energy and water, 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.

“We’re honored to achieve this level of LEED certification, as it truly represents our ongoing commitment to sustainable operations,” stated Tony Bedard, our CEO. “It also gives our employees and customers a benchmark for what Frontier has accomplished up to this point and identifies opportunities where we can continue to improve in the future.”

“The green building movement addresses global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, which established LEED certification. “The work of innovative building projects such as Frontier’s facility is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement,” Fedrizzi added.

LEED certification of Frontier’s manufacturing facility was based on a number of green design and construction features. Here are some highlights:

  • We completely renovated 7,200 square feet of existing warehouse space with a focus on where energy and/or mechanical systems could be best optimized, including plumbing, HVAC, lighting, and a re-finished concrete floor.  Frontier was able to use minimal resources to establish native landscaping, avoiding the need for a permanent irrigation system. Inside, flush and flow fixtures in restrooms cumulatively achieve 35 percent water efficiency compared to conventional building flush and flow fixtures.
  • We specified energy-efficient envelope lighting, HVAC (water-source heat pumps and commercial RTUs), carbon dioxide sensors and two on-demand water heaters. Altogether, Frontier’s energy efficiency measures will conserve more than 77,000 kilowatt hours compared to a similar conventional building. That’s equal to 55 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Frontier's new employee cafe, featuring a re-finished concrete floor.

  • In addition, Frontier purchases renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset 100 percent of its facility’s energy requirements and carbon offsets to offset 100% of our product shipping. Frontier’s REC portfolio includes renewable energy generated from wind farms located in Iowa.
  • With a goal to minimize materials and resources as much as possible, Frontier’s renovation reused 100 percent of the existing building’s skin, roofing, and flooring. The renovated interiors promote indoor environmental quality and include low- or no volatile organic compound adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, cabinetry and surfaces.
  • Frontier installed a rapidly renewable bamboo-plank stairway and used cradle-to-cradle (C2C) certified furniture in Frontier’s boardroom, meeting room and offices.

The renovation takes advantage of the natural light flooding our atrium.

  • Frontier’s renovation of existing employee and visitor parking areas maintained parking capacity while protecting and restoring 63 percent of the site with native and adaptive plant material. In addition to designed bio-swales, detention basins, and an on-site wetland, the engineered slope and grade of the employee parking area removes 100 percent of solids in runoff by capturing and filtering more than 90 percent of average annual rainfall on-site.
  • Frontier also created preferred parking spots for 11 low-emissions vehicles and 12 carpools plus added 11 secure bicycle racks with nearby shower and changing facilities. Altogether, the parking program’s goal is to lower greenhouse gasses from employee commuting by 135 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

This award is the culmination of hours of work and dedication on the part of many teams here at Frontier. The job was interrupted at one point by the devastating Iowa floods in the spring of 2008, which took most of the crew away to work on other emergencies.

Each time we gather in our beautiful new test kitchen, we celebrate the achievement!

MORE PHOTOS HERE.    Click “show info” on the slideshow for details.

All photos by Kitty Sheehan.

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