Cool offices: PETZL North American Headquarters is LEED Platinum Certified
Petzl is best known for their innovative caving and climbing equipment, but the verticality equipment leader is also making its mark in sustainable architecture with its recently unveiled LEED Platinum-certified North American flagship headquarters designed by ajc architects. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 82,000-square-foot energy efficient building boasts an impressive array of environmentally friendly features and even includes a 55-foot tall indoor climbing wall.
As a company founded on the spirit of outdoor exploration, Petzl asserts that environmentalism is a central pillar of the brand’s philosophy. As a result, the new Petzl America building was designed to minimize the environmental footprint of the 55-employee subsidiary.
The solar-powered building comprises 40,000 square feet of office and collaboration space, a 34,000-square-foot warehouse with high-density robotic logistics system, and an 8,000-square-foot training and education center. Despite its large size and projected doubling of staff in the coming decades, the Petzl America headquarters boasts a 40-percent overall energy savings compared to the previous facility.
The reduction in energy use is achieved through a super-efficient GFRC system, a Variable Flow Refrigerant cooling system, reliance on solar energy, and high-efficiency lighting coupled with abundant natural lighting.
The building also consumes 44-percent less water than baseline due to a combination of xeriscaping, highly efficient irrigation system, limited use of impervious ground cover, and low-flow toilets and urinals. Environmentally friendly and low-emitting building materials also played a big role in achieving LEED Platinum certification: 87-percent of the wood in the building is FSC certified, and 22-percent of the materials are of recycled content.
Strategically located near two local light rail stations, the headquarters also encourages car-free or fuel-efficient transit through free public transit passes for employees, secure bicycle infrastructure, and electric vehicle charging stations.