Herman Miller Los Angeles Showroom Shines with LEED CI Platinum

January 06, 2010

Herman Miller, Inc. is celebrating a shining start to the New Year with LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its recently completed Los Angeles showroom. The 18,000-square-foot facility located at 3641 Holdgrege Avenue also is the first LEED CI Platinum project in Los Angeles and the 47th LEED CI Platinum project worldwide.

A former warehouse built in 1956, the facility's significant potential was intriguing both to Herman Miller and architecture and design firm tvsdesign. The collaboration produced a space that incorporates many environmentally sensitive measures, including its location within an area close to public transportation, local businesses, and restaurants; energy efficient light fixtures and occupancy sensors throughout the space; and MBDC, BIFMA level and GREENGUARD certified products and materials to assure an environmentally responsible interior and superior indoor air quality.

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According to Lori Gee, Herman Miller's Director of Workplace Solutions, 20 percent of the building materials and products in the project were manufactured within 500 miles of the site. Plus, a construction waste management plan ensured over 85 percent of all construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfill during construction.

Steve Clem, the showroom's lead architect and interior designer and principal at tvsdesign, identifies the building's energy performance as a key factor in obtaining the highest level of LEED certification.

"The showroom utilizes an energy efficient, programmable electrical infrastructure, which includes the latest advancements in power distribution through the company's Energy Manager device and subsidiary Convia's Energy Track Reporting Tool," notes Clem. "These capabilities allowed us to maximize the number of possible points in the Energy and Atmosphere category."

Through Convia technology, applications such as lighting, HVAC and occupancy and daylight harvesting sensors can be consolidated into an easy-to-manage platform. It also provides showroom occupants more control over their environment and their individual work spaces.

The Convia Energy Track Reporting Tool displays the showroom's actual energy usage on a simple and intuitive dashboard interface. Energy monitoring chips built into Convia-enabled control components allow for accurate reporting through the Energy Track tool at a specific zone or circuit level within the space. As a result, the granular and highly accurate data allows the company to optimize the showroom's energy distribution.

The Los Angeles showroom is Herman Miller's first LEED CI Platinum project and it is the company's 14th LEED certified space within the United States and United Kingdom. Its GreenHouse facility, located in Holland, Michigan, is a LEED Pioneer recipient.

The company is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and requires that its new or renovated facilities achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification.

About Herman Miller, Inc.
Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2009. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2009, Herman Miller was again cited by FORTUNE as both the "Most Admired" in its industry and among the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America, while Fast Company named Herman Miller among the innovative "Companies to Watch." Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.