LEED Green Building Rating System

Boston Scientific has embraced LEED as a smart approach to minimizing facility operating costs while benefiting the environment and improving workplace quality, and routinely uses LEED concepts and practices in new building construction and major renovation projects.

New Peripheral Interventions Coon Rapids, MN Facility Joins with LEED Certification In Hand

The new Peripheral Interventions facility located in Coon Rapids, MN joined Boston Scientific with a LEED Certification in hand.  The 79,000 square foot facility recently underwent major renovations, and included multiple sustainability aspects in that project, resulting in the award.

Using the LEED framework to optimize the facility improvements, the project team focused on areas which would provide the greatest benefits to the environment and employees. Some of the achievements included installation of highly efficient lighting with daylight and occupancy sensors, installing fixtures to reduce water use more than 30%, diverting more than 75% of the construction waste from landfill by having it recycled or reused, using building materials with recycled content and locally sourcing over 45% of those materials, and installing low-VOC furniture, materials and coatings. To provide on-going sustainability benefits, the dedicated recycling areas were constructed to facilitate site recycling, and purchasing some of its electricity from a renewable green power provider. The results of the project have produced a work space of exceptional quality for the employees and the environment.

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New Shanghai HQ and Institute Opens with Silver LEED Award and the Environment in Mind

Our new Shanghai, China Headquarters and Institute of Advancing Science and Innovation Center opened in September 2013, with a LEED Silver Certification, and environmental practices built into its operations.

Highlights of the LEED Certification, the first for Boston Scientific in its Asia region, include the use of high efficiency water fixtures and lighting throughout the space, the purchase of "green power" to operate facility electrical equipment, and its location with excellent access to public transportation.

The office has built-in recycling containers in multiple locations to support recycling of paper, cardboard, glass, metals and plastics, and practices in place to minimize unnecessary copying and printing, both of which minimize the impacts from daily activities.

To minimize their energy use, in addition to the high-efficiency lighting, the facility purchased Energy Star IT and AV equipment used in both the headquarters and the Institute.

With its close proximity to public transportation, many of the employees are able to make use of this network rather than personal automobiles, as another way of reducing their environmental impacts.

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LEED Green Building Rating System™

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The LEED system provides building owners and operators a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction that can offer an immediate and measurable impact on facility performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.