FedEx posts new green building target

Postal service FedEx is claiming to be leading the delivery industry in green building after being awarded LEED status for its new building in Las Vegas.

The firm, which has annual revenues of $37 billion, has announced plans to make all its new and existing buildings comply with the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED scheme.

The announcement was made at the opening on the Las Vegas centre, where FedEx also said its Memphis-based World Headquarters has also achieved LEED Gold certification under the USGBC’s LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System.

The FedEx Express Las Vegas disruption centre has a host of green features including efforts to reduce indoor water use by 49% through low flow plumbing fixtures.

It also makes energy savings, due to design elements such as skylights and evaporative cooling, which are 42% higher than a similar building without these features.

More than 75% of regularly-occupied spaces are sunlit to reduce the need for electric lights and provide better workspaces.

During construction, 86% of all building waste was diverted through recycling and reclamation of materials.

“FedEx is taking another step toward our goal to conserve energy, help the environment, and create better places for our customers and team members,” said FedEx vice president of properties and facilities Don Colvin.

“This certification is third-party verification that FedEx is being a good steward of the planet.”

Luke Walsh

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