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10 Companies Utilizing Green Construction

Many of Hewlett-Packard's buildings were built with energy efficiency in mind.
Many of Hewlett-Packard's buildings were built with energy efficiency in mind.
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The information technology giant, Hewlett-Packard, has committed to improving its sustainable practices, including green building. One example is the data center the company completed in Hockley, Texas, in 2010. To be energy-efficient, HP employed a photovoltaic solar power system that provides 280,000 kWh of electricity each year. The data center also has a system for reusing wastewater from the cooling process by diverting it to landscaping uses. The materials used to construct the building were largely recycled or locally produced, and the wood was certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. In addition, the facility includes bike racks and preferred parking for low-emission vehicles. Because of all these features, the building achieved Gold LEED certification.

Another structure, HP's Customer Experience Center, located in Houston, has Silver LEED certification. HP boasts that it features reused furniture and low-flow water fixtures. It also incorporates energy-efficient lighting, and the waste from construction was largely diverted from a landfill.

To reduce the environmental impact of their offices, HP uses InterfaceFLOR, an environmentally conscious carpet company that uses renewable sources in its manufacturing. What's more, HP offices use the Steelcase Think chair, which consists 41 percent recycled material and is largely recyclable itself.