Calhoun, Ga.— Halstead International and Metroflor received the prestigious Green Globes certification for its Innovation & Design Center here. To celebrate, the company held a grand opening celebration for the facility—the third in Georgia and the first in Calhoun to have earned that distinction. Harlan Stone, CEO and president of Halstead, was joined by Russ Rogg, president and CEO, Metroflor, at the ribbon cutting ceremony on July 28. Joining staff were representatives from the company’s independent distributor network.
Green Globes is pioneering best practice in sustainable design, construction and operations. Its motivation is to embrace and harness principles of both creating the building and occupying it in an environmentally positive way—both externally and internally, and extending to climate and comfort—by providing an official, nationally recognized rating assessment and certification program.
The facility received a three out of four Green Globes score for the following:
- Solar energy
- LED lighting
- Rainwater collection: A tank holds a large quantity used for lawn and landscape irrigation to reduce water consumption
- All finishes, flooring, furniture, etc, certified for low indoor air quality emissions by programs such as FloorScore and GreenGuard
- A living wall in the entry foyer
- Conference room constructed of reinforced concrete that doubles as a storm shelter