Humanscale Helps USGBC Achieve Platinum LEED Status

Accomplishment Could Lead to New Human Factors-Related LEED Category


Karen Brooking

New York, March 29, 2007 — With support from Humanscale, the U.S. Green Building Council has successfully achieved Platinum LEED status for its new headquarters. The collaboration not only led to the installation of a number of Humanscale products, but also set a new precedent in achieving an “Innovation and Design” credit in the area of ergonomics, setting the stage for the implementation of an entirely new LEED category related to human factors.

When USGBC—creators of the LEED Green Building Rating System—sought Platinum LEED status for its Washington D.C. headquarters, project leaders turned to Humanscale to explore the company’s range of environmentally friendly ergonomic workstation solutions. Humanscale is committed to sustainability and continually strives to design, engineer and manufacture products that—compared to others in the same class—consume less of the Earth’s limited resources. The chosen Humanscale products—including Freedom seating, Liberty seating, 5G keyboard systems, M7 monitor arms, Foot Machines, Laptop Holders and CPU Holders—supported USGBC’s achievement of LEED Credit s 4.1 and 4.2 for recyclability, Credit 4.5 for low-emitting materials, and Credit 5.1 for regionally manufactured products.
Through the discovery process, it was also determined that a category called “Innovation and Design” could provide USGBC with a much-needed opportunity to achieve an additional LEED point via a comprehensive ergonomics program. USGBC collaborated with Humanscale to develop such a program, ensuring employees are equipped with the knowledge they need to take full advantage of their ergonomically sound workspaces and avoid injury. The successful achievement of a LEED credit for an ergonomics program sets a new precedent—other organizations, too, can earn a LEED “Innovation and Design” point by following USGBC’s lead. Thanks to the success of its new ergonomics program, USGBC is now heavily considering an entirely new LEED category for human factors.
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