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Scripps Networks earns LEED Gold certification

U.S. Green Building Council

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Scripps Networks Interactive is now the owner of one of only a handful of LEED Gold certified new construction projects in Tennessee, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

The company recently received LEED Gold certification on its new 150,000-square-foot headquarters on Sherrill Boulevard.

The new building, opened last March, was designed from the beginning to be sustainable. The company also plans to completely remodel the original building, now used as the technology center, to use materials comparable to the new headquarters.

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"The new office space incorporates sustainable concepts that are more than just good environmental stewardship," says Pete Crowley, senior vice president of property development and facilities management for Scripps. "The smart design saves money through efficient use of resources while the open, communal feel promotes collaboration and creativity among employees."

The LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features including:
-An under-floor air system
-Occupancy-sensored lighting in each workspace
-No off-gassing materials such as carpet and paint
-A white roof that reflects light and decreases energy use
-No irrigation landscaping and drought-resistant plants
-Natural indoor materials and seating made of recycled materials
-Two-story parking deck that provides preferred parking to alternative fuel vehicles and reduces surface concrete
-A narrow building footprint and exterior glazing to maximize direct natural light use indoors

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