ENVIRONMENT is our home.

Think Ahead

For NPL sustainability is at the heart of how we Think Ahead. In practice, our Sustainability Framework guides us in all of our activities. One of those principles that make up that framework is environment: ENVIRONMENT IS OUR HOME. Over the last five decades, NPL has demonstrated our commitment for being a good steward to the environment. From proactive measures like dust control and spill response, to deploying environmental monitors in sensitive ecosystems, to restoration, we’re committed to preserving a sustainable environment. This post features two of NPL’s achievements above and beyond the normal scope of our commitment.

GREEN FLEET EFFICIENCY

NPL’s “green” efforts with our fleet have been recognized across the industry. Recently, our implementation of telematics – a blending of computers and wireless technology to efficiently convey data – on vehicles, as well as enhanced driver training, have led to a 20% reduction in engine idle time. The reduction in idle time effectively cut NPL’s carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 1.08 million pounds. This achievement was recognized with a Fleet Efficiency award at the Fleet Technology Expo in 2015.

 

LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION

In 2014, NPL broke ground on construction of a regional operations facility in Glendale, Arizona. In the spirit of sustainability, NPL partnered with sustainability strategist and consultant Green Ideas with the goal of registering the property with the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance in energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources.

The two-story 50,366 SF building set on 12 acres serves as an office and warehouse for NPL’s Arizona operations. During construction, contractors adhered to a strict indoor air quality management plan to keep contaminants out of the building for enhanced and immediate indoor air quality. The project strategy also focused on the use of sustainable and low-emitting materials, including low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, adhesives, flooring, composite wood products and furniture systems. In addition to creating the healthiest indoor environment possible, conservation of resources and reduced environmental impact were priorities during construction. Regionally sourced materials included recycled contents, and 78% of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

Energy efficiency was paramount for the facility. It uses a Building Management System, LED technology, and an integrated photovoltaic solar power system that provides for 28% of the building’s energy use. An enhanced HVAC system and reflective roofing system both increase the building’s energy efficiency. In addition to energy, water efficiency was also an important design element, especially considering the desert southwest region. Low-flow plumbing fittings and fixtures alone provide a 32% reduction in water usage.

Upon completion, this facility became NPL’s first property to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2016, NPL proudly announced that the building had received LEED’s Gold Certification, which is the second-highest certification possible. In a press release, the president of NPL’s consultant Green Ideas stated, “We are honored to have worked with NPL Construction Co. on this project. Their belief in sustainable business operations and the employee experience demonstrates their position as a forward-thinking, industry-leading organization. The employees and management of NPL Construction Co. will benefit from working in a LEED certified facility for years to come.”