PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PECO has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the company’s Philadelphia headquarters. This achievement culminates a multi-year, $15.3 million environmental initiative to improve the sustainability of PECO’s buildings and operations across southeastern Pennsylvania.
In total, PECO’s LEED initiative comprises nearly 1.5 million square feet of building space, representing 80 percent of the total square footage of all PECO buildings. PECO’s certified buildings now represent more than 30 percent of all LEED Existing Building Operations + Maintenance (EBOM) certified buildings throughout Pennsylvania.
“This certification is a testament to our steadfast dedication to sustainability and environmental leadership,” said Craig Adams, president and CEO. “I commend the vision of Denis O’Brien, CEO of Exelon Utilities, who launched these initiatives in 2008, and the hard work of our employees who contributed to this achievement. This work has an ongoing positive environmental impact on our customers and communities we serve.”
PECO’s headquarters received LEED EBOM Gold certification through a series of building upgrades and operational enhancements, including:
- From 2009 to 2014, PECO completed, extensive energy-efficient lighting improvements, which led to a reduction of 2,700 light fixtures and 30,000 fluorescent lamps.
- Heating and cooling upgrades and the installation of a new building automation system to control the HVAC system.
- A 45,000 square foot green roof, which mitigates storm water runoff and reduces energy usage for heating and cooling, was installed in 2008.
- In 2009, PECO’s iconic Crown Lights system atop our Philadelphia headquarters was updated with energy-efficient LED technology.
This work has helped reduce building energy usage by 7.25 million kilowatt-hours each year.
This building joins 11 other LEED certified PECO buildings across the region, including two LEED-New Construction Certified sites and nine Existing Building Operations + Maintenance Certified sites.
- Bucks County: Warminster Service Building
- Chester County: Berwyn Campus (three buildings) and West Chester Service Building
- Delaware County: Baldwin Service Building
- Montgomery County: Plymouth and Phoenixville Service Buildings, Plymouth Line School Building
- Philadelphia County: Company Headquarters, G & Luzerne and Christian Street Service Buildings
From the company’s green building initiatives, to operating an environmentally-friendly fleet, to launching PECO Smart Ideas to help customers save energy and money, all of PECO’s environmental efforts contribute to and support the long-term sustainability efforts of our parent company, Exelon, to benefit the company’s customers and communities.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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