U.S.-based Caterpillar Inc. has announced that the company's multi-functional research and development center in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, has been awarded Gold Certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in the New Construction category.
The Wuxi R&D Center, a wholly-owned Caterpillar subsidiary, is the headquarters and main branch of Caterpillar R&D Center (China) Limited and supports its growing operations in China and the Asia Pacific region. The new 10,000-square-meter, state-of-the-art facility was constructed in Wuxi New District in 2009, and has a strong focus on environmental impact and energy-efficient design.
"We are proud to have achieved LEED Gold certification for our new Wuxi R&D Center facility. This designation highlights Caterpillar's leadership in energy management, waste, material and water usage, promoting sustainable development and innovation," said Brian X. Sun, the director of Caterpillar's product development and global technology division.
LEED is an internationally recognized third-party green building certification system. Developed by the United States Green Building Council, LEED provides independent verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving energy saving, water efficiency, stewardship of resources, and other relevant metrics.