Securian Financial Group, a St. Paul, Minn.-based insurance, investments and retirement products and services firm, has announced that its 401 Building in downtown St. Paul has earned LEED EB certification for leadership in energy and environmental design. The certification is based on engineering standards, energy usage, environmentally-friendly maintenance practices and recycling programs.
"Our goal with the design and construction of the 401 Building was to combine cost-effective operation with aesthetics and workplace efficiencies," said Julio Fesser, Securian's Director of Facilities, in a press release.
The 401 Building, built nine years ago, also has also earned the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star rating two years in a row. St. Paul's District Energy provides the power for the 401 Building and many other buildings downtown. Because of that District Energy access, Fesser says, thw 401 Building does not need boilers or chillers, which heavily contributes to the facility's environmental sustainability.