The new Saint-Gobain R&D center in Northboro has been honored with the company's prestigious "Care:4" environmental award. It was formally opened last year by Governor Deval Patrick and is one of only two buildings throughout the world to attain the rating.
The goal of Saint-Gobain's global Care:4 program is aggressive: to reduce carbon dioxide emissions of company-owned buildings by a factor of four by 2040. Care:4 covers new office buildings, training centers, showrooms, as well as existing Saint-Gobain buildings which undergo major renovations. The new Northboro building attained the Care:4 rating based on its state-of-the-art design, which adheres to Saint-Gobain's rigorous international energy efficiency standards, as well as its use of Saint-Gobain energy-saving products including CertainTeed insulation, CertainTeed "cool" solar reflective roofing and Saint-Gobain low-emissivity glazing.
"The new building is an outstanding example of the company's commitment to energy conservation, environment protection and sustainable development," says Gilles Colas, General Delegate for Saint-Gobain in North America. "We're pleased that the Saint-Gobain Care:4 certification has been awarded to this facility which is truly a building of the future. I know it wasn't easy for the team to meet Care:4's demanding design and performance requirements – but they did it. My congratulations and thanks go to everyone involved in this project, in which we can take pride."
Saint-Gobain is a global manufacturer and distributor of flat glass, building products, glass containers and high-performance materials. Based in Paris, the company has operations in 64 countries and employs more than 190,000 people, with worldwide sales of $53 billion in 2009. Saint-Gobain is a world leader in the construction markets, developing a new generation of building products to help meet the global challenges of energy efficiency and environmental protection. The company's vision is to offer a wide range of solutions and services to make buildings more energy efficient, while enhancing comfort and quality of life.
The Northboro operation has been a major center for materials research since 1985. It joined Saint-Gobain in 1990 as part of the acquisition of Worcester-based Norton Company. In 2003, the site became Saint-Gobain's main research location for high-performance plastics and coated abrasives, and since then has grown and expanded its activities to include research Saint-Gobain's crystals and reinforcement businesses throughout the world. The 186,000-square-foot R&D Center is based in three buildings on a 26-acre site near I-290 in Northboro. The facility has approximately 330 employees from 27 different countries.