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MULTICOMFORT
Office

MALVERN,
USA

Saint-Gobain Logo

TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION

Renovation

LOCATION

Malvern, United States

CLIMATE

Dry Winter, Wet Summer (Cwa)

MAIN FUNCTION

Office space

SURFACE AREA

84 430 m²

ARCHITECT

Bernardon/Jacobs Engineering

BUILDING NAME

Saint-Gobain & CertainTeed North American Headquarters

MAIN CONTRACTOR

David Fickler

ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION YEAR

2014

YEAR OF RENOVATION:

2015

MULTICOMFORT design principles can be applied to any type of building (residential or non-residential, new build or renovation project) in any country or climate around the world.

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    Daylighting, access to views and acoustical comfort all play a role in occupant satisfaction. Photo credit: Jeffrey Totaro, 2015

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    North facing facade pre-renovation, photo taken May 2014. Photo credit: Jeffrey Totaro, 2014

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Saint-Gobain & CertainTeed North American Headquarters

The Saint-Gobain & CertainTeed North American Headquarters is a PLATINUM LEED®-certified facility and a next-generation workplace that maximizes comfort and air quality through the use of a wide range of building material innovations from its own product portfolio, including materials from CertainTeed Corporation, SAGE, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and others from Saint-Gobain’s family of companies.

Over the past 40 years, Saint-Gobain’s portfolio of North American businesses has evolved and the former headquarters located in Valley Forge was no longer conducive to close cooperation across business units. The new state-of-the-art, modern facility promotes the cross-collaboration the company believes is essential for its businesses to succeed, as well as to attract and retain top talent. The new campus is three times larger than the company’s previous campus. In addition to accommodating additional business units, the campus has been designed to hold future businesses that are acquired by Saint-Gobain.

“The opportunity to bring together the long-term insights of marketing with the deep customer experience of sales and then combine them with the expertise of our scientists in one central location was too great an opportunity to pass up. It’s our belief that it will yield better products and solutions for our customers and consumers across North America,” said Minas Apelian, Vice President of Research & Development for CertainTeed Corporation. “Our inventors, problem-solvers and visionaries will be able to work better together to solve the world’s biggest challenges and make a material difference in the way people work, live and play.”

Living Laboratory

Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed’s Headquarters is a next-generation workplace that maximizes the comfort and health of employees through the use of a wide range of the company’s building materials that improve air quality, moisture management, acoustics, energy efficiency, thermal management and ergonomics. The installation of so many technologies has created a “living laboratory,” where the company’s research team can measure the impact its products have on a real workplace. The company asserts having its scientists work in a “living laboratory” will enhance product development and employees’ lives and is putting measurements in place to assess the impact on its occupants.

Objectives

The Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Headquarters was designed in close consultation with a number of local sustainability consulting firms, including The Sheward Partnership, Jacobs Engineering and Sustainable Solutions Corp. In addition to pursuing the USGBC’s LEED v3 Platinum certification for the commercial interior and LEED v3 Platinum certification for the core and shell, the headquarters is pursuing certification for The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program.

Beyond these North American programs, the headquarters was designed to adhere to Saint-Gobain’s CARE:4 program (Company Actions of the Reduction of Energy by a factor of 4). This company program sets energy efficiency and employee comfort requirements for new construction and major renovation projects.

The project strategies are meant to align with Saint-Gobain’s sustainability goals of energy efficiency, environmental stewardship and healthy working environments.The sustainable strategies incorporated into this project, in addition to the use of products from Saint-Gobain and its family of companies, include:

- Approximately 79 percent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfill disposal. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, construction and demolition waste makes up 17 percent of Pennsylvania’s entire municipal waste stream.

- Materials in the building were carefully selected to contain high levels of recycled content. Post consumer and -industrial recycled content reduced the negative impact resulting from the extraction and processing of raw materials.

- Special consideration was given to selecting locally manufactured materials. For example, furniture workstations were manufactured in East Greenville, Pa., and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. By specifying locally manufactured materials, less energy was spent to bring the products to the site.

- This project will achieve significant water savings through the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures.
The project is projected to use 40 percent less water than a conventional office building, saving 640,000 gallons of water per year.

- Interior finishes and furnishings installed in the building were specified to contain little or no VOCs. For example, low-emitting products used included adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring, composite wood and furniture. Reducing the amount of VOCs entering the building provides a safer and healthier environment for building occupants.

- In an effort to significantly reduce the number of miles employees travel to and from the campus
the company is providing bicycle storage facilities, preferred parking for low-emission and fuel efficient vehicles, electric vehicle charging stations and a free shuttle service to and from the Paoli Station, which services Amtrak and SEPTA trains, for employees who choose to commute from Center City and other areas.

TECHNICAL

Energy balance*

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Energy consumption:

77.5 kWh/m².yr

Energy balance:

76.5 kWh/m².yr

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Energy production:

1.09 kWh/m².yr

Estimated CO2 savings:

19 000 kg/year

Thermal performance

Average inside temperature:

22 °C

Acoustic Performance

Background noise levels with sound masking system turned on

46.6

Note: dB

Background noise levels with sound masking system turned off

41.0

Note: dB

** Difference between external and internal noise levels.

Airtightness under 50 Pa

Air quality

Average CO2 levels recorded: between 440 to 987 ppm. Formaldehyde concentrations reported: between 0.0035 and 0.034 ppm. Relative humidity levels recorded: between 50.8 and 71.2%

PRODUCTS USED IN
THIS BUILD

>> Western and partial Southern elevations

>> Performance Plastics: Sheerfill architectural fabric canopies over entrance walk

>> Glass: Climaplus Solar with SGG Cool-Lite SKN 163 outer lite and clear inner lite

>> Glass: Climaplus Solar with SGG Cool-Lite SKN 163 outer lite and Emalit inner lite

>> Glass: Climaplus Solar with SGG Cool-Lite SKN 165 and Stadip laminated clear inner lite

>> CHR® 2255-PTFE Substrate coated in High Temp Silicone Pressure sensitive adhesive (sprinkler system)

>> Solar Gard® Armorcoat 8 Mil Clear film with Dow Corning 995 Wet Glaze Attachment caulk

>> Glass: Priva-Lite laminated safety glass with switchable privacy (clear/opaque) interlayer

>> Glass: Stadip laminated glass of clear Securit safety glass (frameless)

>> Glass: Thela Interior specialty glass

>> Glass: Clear Securit safety glass (some exterior doors)

>> Warm edge spacer bar

>> Black Diamond Roofing Base Sheet

>> FlintBoard® ISO Roofing Insulation

>> Flintlastic® Ultra Glass SA Base Sheet

>> Flintlastic® GTA CoolStar® Cap Sheet

>> FlintEdge Metal Systems

>> FlintFast Insulation Plates

>> FlintFast Fasteners

>> SmartFlash Fleece

>> Flintbond Adhesive

>> SmartFlash EP Primer

>> SmartFlash R Primer

>> SmartFlash Resin

>> Solstice® Solar System

>> Evernew® Vinyl Decking in gray color

>> Panorama Composite Railing in white color

>> Decorative Steel Balusters in oil rubbed bronze finish (we private label)

>> Solar Wedge Lights in black color (we private label)

>> GlasRoc® Brand 5/8” Type X Sheathing Exterior Sheathing* with EGRG Technology

>> CertainTeed Sustainable Insulation (R-11, R-13 and R-19)

>> CertainTeed SoftTouch Duct Wrap

>> CertainTeed ToughGard TGR Rotary Duct Liner

>> Adagio™ Fiberglass/Mineral Fiber Composite Panels

>> Symphony® m Mineral Fiber Panels

>> Symphony® f Fiberglass Panels

>> Theatre Black Fiberglass Panels

>> Rx Symphony® Stain Resistant Mineral Fiber Panels

>> AirRenew® Essential Indoor Air Quality Drywall

>> Best Mud in the Joint® Lite All-Purpose Joint Compound

>> CertainTeed Regular and Type X Drywall

>> Marco® SPARK-PERF® Joint Tape

>> Diamondback® GlasRoc® Tile Backer

>> EasyFlex™ PRO Joint Tape

>> M2Tech® Mold and Moisture Resistant Drywall

>> ProRoc® Finishing Compound

>> SilentFX® Noise-Reducing Drywall

>> Cedar Impressions® Individual 5” Sawmill Shingles with CedarLife™ Color Blend (Individual shakes in café)

>> Novelio® CleanAir wall covering

>> Novelio® Mold-X wall covering

>> Solo™ Hexagon Free Hanging Fiberglass Panels

>> Texona™ Fiberglass Wall Panels

>> Focus™ Ds Fully Concealed Fiberglass Ceiling

>> Gedina™ A High Density Fiberglass Ceiling

>> Gyptone® BIG™ Quattro 46 Large-Format Perforated Gypsum Panels

>> Gyptone® GK Suspension

>> Claro® on Ceilencio Downward Accessible Ceiling

>> Baffles in Custom Fabric-Wrapped Fiberglass Shapes

>> Quadrillo® Acoustic Wood Veneer Ceilings and Walls

>> Solo-M Acoustic Wood Wall and Ceiling Panels