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How Environmental Factors Influenced Our New Office Selection and Design

As we renovate or relocate our offices around the globe, we seek out ways to reduce our environmental footprint. Take, for example, the recent relocation of our Atlanta branch.


First, our corporate real estate team selected space in a LEED Silver certified building. The building's certification was based on its proximity and shuttle service to MARTA, the local public transportation system; an on-site bank and restaurant; shuttle service to nearby shopping; a 3,500-square-foot training facility, which enables tenants to reduce their space requirements; and a building energy management system.


Then, we designed the space with several environmental-friendly elements in mind. By leaving part of the ceiling exposed, polishing concrete floors and leaving columns unfinished, we were able to reduce our consumption of carpeting, drywall and other materials. Locating offices on the interior of the floor also reduced material usage and enabled us to take advantage of natural light and airflow. And the installation of efficient workstations helped minimize our square footage requirements.


In moving to our new location, we recycled our used furniture and carpet. In addition, as in all Chubb offices, we required furniture, carpeting and fabric made with recycled content and installed an energy-efficient lighting system with occupancy sensors and ENERGY STAR rated appliances. We purchased our furniture from a supplier known for its sustainability efforts and a zero-waste-to-landfill designation. We also made sure that the carpeting and paint contained low levels of volatile organic compounds, which in higher concentrations might cause adverse health effects.