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Ecolab gets LEED Gold status for research facility

Salvaged building materials, energy-efficient lighting and a heat-
recovery system helped Ecolab earn a LEED-EB Gold certification for its research facility in Eagan.

The company announced the designation in a press release Thursday. When the company reconstructed the campus, it was able to salvage and reuse rubber flooring, ceiling tiles, gypsum wallboard, interior oak doors and toilet partitions, among other materials.

The project also used paints, carpets and fabrics that emit lower levels of volatile organic compounds, a source of indoor air pollution. And it used an expanded recycling program to decrease the amount of waste.

LEED is short for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The EB suffix stands for “existing building,” the status given to retrofitted buildings.

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