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Knorr Brake Company celebrated the one-year anniversary of its grand opening. The company has been awarded LEED GOLD for the construction of its new 235,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental performance.

The new facility achieved LEED Gold Certification March 7 for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in the areas of sustainable site development, water savings, energy conservation, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

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More than 44,000 projects are participating in the commercial and institutional LEED rating systems, comprising more than eight billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 120 countries.

Major sustainability highlights include more than 50 percent of the electric energy on-site is renewable energy (2,882 roof mounted solar panels), 20 percent recycled content, 90 percent lighting controllable automatically and 80 percent of rainwater removal of total suspended solids from average annual rainfall with on-site water control methods.

Another accomplishment was the 2014 Awards of Excellence recently presented to Knorr Brake Company by the Maryland Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association for "Best Industrial Build-to-Suit." The building architects were Banta Campbell Architects with civil design by Development Design Consultants.

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