Dr Pepper Snapple Group's (DPS) headquarters achieved LEED-Gold certification for a multi-use building by the U.S. Green Building Council. The implementation of sustainable building practices enabled the company to reduce the building operating budget by 25%. In addition, it gained efficiences in the following areas:
Water Efficiency – reduced its landscaping water use by 50 percent through the use of water sensors to more accurately determine water needs.
Energy and Atmosphere – used light meters to identify lighting efficiencies across the property, resulting in the reduction of more than 2 million KWh of energy. LED lights were added to exterior areas and several areas found to be excessively lit were de-lamped. In addition, the company installed light sensors in common areas, such as break rooms.
Sustainable Sites – converted to a native /adaptive plant life model on the property, which will help plant life expectancy rates, as well as control erosion and improve pest management.
Materials Resources – invested in low-emitting energy equipment throughout the facility. Today, all laptops on the property are Energy Star rated, and the company is in the process of converting equipment using the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT®.
Indoor Environmental Quality – The facility now uses 100 percent green cleaning products, and the custodial staff has been trained in green cleaning processes and proper disposal procedures. (7/18/12)