BASF North America Headquarters: A Sustainable Marvel

The BASF North America Headquarters stands as a testament to innovation, sustainability, and environmental consciousness. Located in Florham Park, New Jersey, this 325,000-square-foot LEED Platinum building embodies BASF’s core values: communication, connection, collaboration, and reduction of environmental impact.

Key Features

  1. LEED Platinum Certification:

    • The building proudly holds the title of the largest LEED Platinum commercial building in New Jersey.
    • It is also the state’s first LEED Platinum Core and Shell (CS) project, as well as the only double Platinum-certified project for both CS and Commercial Interiors (CI).
  2. Sustainable Design Elements:

    • Energy Efficiency: BASF-enabled construction products contribute to lower energy consumption and increased life expectancy.
    • Water Efficiency: Low-flow plumbing fixtures, rainwater collection, and native plant landscaping minimize water usage.
    • Indoor Air Quality: Superior ventilation and environmentally sustainable furniture enhance occupant well-being.
    • Daylight Illumination: Abundant natural daylight floods 75% of the interior, promoting productivity and comfort.
    • Open Space: Over 40% of the site remains as open space, fostering a connection with nature.
  3. Materials and Recycling:

    • At least 20% of the construction materials contain recycled content.
    • Notably, the walkways feature the FilterPave® porous pavement system, a sustainable choice:
      • Made from 100% post-consumer recycled glass and BASF polyurethane binder.
      • Reduces stormwater runoff, allowing water to return to natural aquifers.

Environmental Benefits of FilterPave® Porous Pavement

  • Reduced Stormwater Runoff:

    • FilterPave® is twice as porous as other hard-surfaced porous pavements (with a 38% void volume).
    • This results in better stormwater runoff reduction and improved resistance to clogging and maintenance requirements.
  • Resource Conservation:

    • Comprising approximately 9% recycled materials, FilterPave® repurposes abundant materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.
    • Remarkably, just one square foot of FilterPave pavement utilizes around 90 recycled beverage bottles.
  • Site Disturbance Reduction:

    • By creating permeable surfaces and incorporating natural stormwater detention facilities, the project minimizes site disruption.
  • Heat Island Effect Reduction:

    • The porous pavement system contributes to a cooler surface, combating the urban heat island effect.

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