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.
Marlborough HQ Awarded BSC’s First LEED Gold Certification
The new Marlborough Headquarters Building 300 recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) “green building” Gold Certification, the first gold award for BSC. LEED is the globally recognized platform for acknowledging sustainable building construction, with the Building 300 now being the 10th LEED certification for BSC, joining other BSC locations in China, Costa Rica, Singapore and the US. The new building was designed to minimize its use of natural resources requiring 40+% less water and 15% less energy than other comparable buildings, having an on-site solar array to provide electricity, using locally made or recycled materials in its construction, and diverting 75% of its construction waste to reuse rather than sending it to a landfill.
Green building construction such as Building 300 is part of BSC’s global sustainability strategy, combining our growth strategy with the triple win of lower environmental impacts, reduced operating costs and high quality space for employees. With the Marlborough campus’ green buildings, expanded recycling and composting programs, and a soon to be commissioned solar array that will provide over 20% of the site’s power needs, we expect this location to have one of the lightest environmental footprints in our global network.
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.
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.