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US utility American Water has been awarded with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council for its new corporate headquarters building in Camden, New Jersey.

Susan Story, CEO of American Water, said: "This certification demonstrates American Water’s commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership in all aspects of our business.

"Achieving this certification required a tremendous amount of collaboration through the design, construction and completion of our new home in Camden."

Features of the headquarters building include:

  1. A greywater system which provides water for the building toilets and landscaping
  2. LED lighting throughout the building and solar shades on the windows to maximise the use of natural light
  3. High-efficiency glass windows to reduce the heat impact inside the building
  4. Low-flow toilets, sinks and showers to reduced water usage
  5. High-efficiency HVAC systems to reduce energy consumption.

The building is the first in Camden to be certified LEED Platinum. The LEED certification is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, developed to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings.