Vans Move​s ​Into New HQ And Raises the Sustainability Stakes

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - ​Vans, the ​clothing​, shoes and accessories​ company​, ​had to move headquarters—and it took the opportunity to​ get​ a new sustainability upgrade, as well. The company recently moved to Costa Mesa in ​Orange Country, ​California, into a 182,000 square foot building and 14 acre property​.

V​ans said it​ wanted to ​have a positive impact in its new location. In fact, its aim is to be the most sustainable HQ in the county since is aims to achieve the LEED Platinum rating, the highest standard for sustainable buildings in the world​.​

The upgrade comprises several components. One of them is solar power as Vans built a 1 Megawatt carport solar array. It has installed more than 4,000 solar panels, which will supply approximately 50 percent of the building’s energy needs. This prevents 440 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year.

The 38 electric vehicle charging stations for its employees are another feature. The EV charging stations will be powered ​with the solar energy the company produces through its array, giving staff an opportunity to further reduce their own carbon footprint and contribution to air pollution. ​

Energy efficiency is another strategy. The new buildings are 48 percent more energy efficient than building code requirements in California​. This was done by​ incorporating cutting edge lighting, heating and cooling technologies.

It also installed advanced​​​ fixtures and equipment, making the new Vans headquarters 40 percent more water efficient than building code requirements.

Image credit: Vans​