Utah's greenest office building
The Daybreak center is the first in Utah to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Platinum ranking.
South Jordan, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City, now boasts Utah's greenest office building.
Kennecott Land's Daybreak Corporate Center achieved LEED Platinum--the highest possible rating--in the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. It is the first building in the state to do so, according to a story in The Salt Lake Tribune .
"The [green] building market in Utah is moving," said Greg Schlegel, chairman of the USGBC Utah Chapter and an energy-efficiency expert. "We're starting to get the highest level of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings in Utah. Hopefully, we'll see more and more in the future."
Close to 600 Rio Tinto employees, including those who work for Kennecott Land and Kennecott Utah Copper, moved into the three-story, 750,000-sq-ft building this fall.
The Daybreak Corporate Center was designed to use 22% less energy than a standard office building. It features "smart lighting" that automatically shuts off in areas not in use and ample natural light from oversized, 11-ft windows. Rooftop solar panels generate about 2% of the building's electricity, while a super-efficient heating and cooling system uses 40% less energy than is typical.