Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Herman Miller Atlanta Center Earns LEED Gold

Herman Miller's newly opened Atlanta National Design Center has gained the coveted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in the Commercial Interiors (CI) category. The USGBC developed the LEED rating system to encourage the development of sustainable buildings and interiors.

Herman Miller's commitment to LEED certification has resulted in recognition for a dozen of the company's new and renovated facilities. The Atlanta showroom and corporate sales office is located in the century-old Puritan Mill complex on Atlanta's west side, at 916 Lowery Boulevard NW.

Krueck & Sexton Architects have provided design services for most of Herman Miller's LEED projects since 2000.

"Each project is unique," says Rico Cedro, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Design for Krueck & Sexton Architects of Chicago. Herman Miller Atlanta Center Earns LEED Gold

"Herman Miller sets and regularly exceeds its own standards. As with each National Design Center, Atlanta embodies Herman Miller's corporate and design values of simplicity, functionality, sustainability, attention to detail, and the honest use of materials."

The 15,172-square-foot Atlanta facility is organized to take maximum advantage of natural light and views. The use of daylight and high-efficiency fixtures reduces lighting density power to 57 percent below LEED standards, with lighting controlled through local individual room and workstation controls, as well as daylight and occupancy sensors.

"You don't even need to turn on the lights throughout much of the space," said Cedro. He noted that more than 70 percent of the total equipment and appliance wattage is Energy Star rated, and all of the Atlanta National Design Center's electric power originates from Green-e sustainable sources.

The space was designed to allow customers, architects and designers to see and experience the array of choices offered by Herman Miller, including the company's award-winning contract office furniture products, along with a selection of Herman Miller for the Home classic designs.

"We want our customers to be inspired by this facility," said Ray Kennedy, Director of Corporate Merchandising, who oversees the development of Herman Miller's National Design Centers. "More than 15 percent of the Atlanta NDC's material value is recycled content, including a significant proportion contributed by Herman Miller and Geiger products. These steps underscore our commitment to sustainable design and environmental stewardship."

The Atlanta NDC has been open in its new location since February 2007. It is the fourth Herman Miller NDC in the U.S. to receive LEED certification. The Washington, D.C., NDC received Gold certification in August 2005, the Dallas NDC received Silver in March 2006, and the New York NDC received Gold certification in October 2006.

Herman Miller helps create great places to work, heal, learn and live by researching, designing, manufacturing and distributing innovative interior solutions that support companies, organizations and individuals all over the world. The company's award-winning products, complemented by furniture management and strategic consulting services, generated over $1.74 billion in revenue during fiscal 2006. Herman Miller is widely recognized both for its innovative products and business practices. Herman Miller is a recipient of the prestigious National Design Award for product design from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. In 2007, the company was once again cited by Fortune magazine as the "Most Admired" company in its industry and is among CRO magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens." The company trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Herman Miller Launches First Sustainability Report


The Journey toward Sustainability, Herman Miller's first corporate sustainability report, was launched April 27 on HermanMiller.com.

"This report demonstrates that we do what we say at Herman Miller," says Paul Murray, director of Environmental Health and Safety. "Our Perfect Vision plan has us on a course to making a 100% footprint reduction, which will help us become a sustainable company by 2020.

"And, every day, we're making progress toward that goal with the help of thousands of employees from around the world."

The report, which is based on their 2006 fiscal year and focuses primarily on their North American operations, also tracks their progress toward meeting key economic, social, and environmental objectives.

The full text of Herman Miller's sustainability report is available online at www.HermanMiller.com/environment.