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Devon Energy earns green building certification for Oklahoma City headquarters

Devon Energy Center has earned gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design under a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
BY JAY F. MARKS jmarks@opubco.com Modified: April 22, 2013 at 9:55 pm •  Published: April 22, 2013

/articleid/3796049/1/pictures/2030615">Photo - Devon Energy Corp. Executive Chairman Larry Nichols holds a plaque Monday marking Devon Energy Center’s gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Engineering Design. Presenting the plaque is Rhiannon Jacobsen, director of strategic accounts with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Devon Energy Corp. Executive Chairman Larry Nichols holds a plaque Monday marking Devon Energy Center’s gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Engineering Design. Presenting the plaque is Rhiannon Jacobsen, director of strategic accounts with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Devon CEO John Richels said the decision to seek LEED certification for the company's new headquarters aligns with its core values, particularly Devon's respect for environment and its employees.

He said working off the LEED checklist helped Devon achieve its goal of building an energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable headquarters that created a healthy, safe workplace for its employees.

Mary Hill, vice president of construction at Hines, said she admired Devon's focus on doing the “right thing,” undeterred by price tags while being committed to environmental stewardship.

Devon Energy Center uses about 41 percent less water than most buildings its size, a savings of about 2.4 million gallons a year, she said.

Hill also lauded Devon for recognizing each employee's “right to light,” which means 90 percent of the building's interior has access to natural light.

Nichols said Devon saves money on electricity because the building gets so much natural light.

Devon Energy Center uses about 20 percent less energy than a similar-size building that is not LEED certified, according to the company.

“This is a complicated building, with lots of innovation in it,” he said. “It requires a tremendous attention to detail.”


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Notable features of the building

Three-panel glass windows that let in a lot of light but little heat or cold

Heating, air and lighting systems that adjust with outdoor conditions and as people enter and exit offices and meeting rooms

Low-flow fixtures that conserve water inside

Landscapes that require minimal irrigation outside

The building's construction and operation have incorporated recycling programs, and all the wood furniture is from a certified sustainable forest program

Carpets and materials are designed to maximize air quality indoors. Outdoors, the “heat island effect” of the concrete parking structure that once stood on the site has been dramatically reduced

SOURCE: Devon Energy Corp.

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