Domtar Corporation (UFS) (UFS.TO) today announced that its Corporate Operations Center in Fort Mill, SC has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, while meeting strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
"Domtar is pleased to accept EPA's ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts," said Dennis L'Hommedieu, Fort Mill Operations Center Facilities Manager. "Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs."
Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings. Domtar improved its Operations Center's energy performance through employee education and engagement, and by working closely with building management to implement cost-effective improvements over time.
Developed and managed by Childress Klein Properties, Domtar's Corporate Operations Center represents over 76,000 square feet of Class A, corporate office space in Fort Mill's Kingsley Park office park. "As one of the largest operating expenses for all buildings in the United States, aggressive energy management is an extremely valuable property management practice," noted Jeff Crane, Senior Property Manager. "We applaud Domtar's achievement and its continuing focus on energy efficiency."
The certification is significant given the building's construction date over 15 years ago, along with the fact it represents one of only six ENERGY STAR certified office buildings within the project's ZIP code.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to protecting our environment, " said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."
About EPA's ENERGY STAR
EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, data centers, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
Domtar Corporation designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a broad line of incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends®, IncoPack and Indasec® brand names as well as baby diapers. In 2013, Domtar had sales of US$5.4 billion from some 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 10,000 people.