Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report

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Building strategy

LEED for new construction | Existing buildings

We rely on two primary strategies to operate buildings more sustainably:

  • For new construction, we adhere to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standards. LEED addresses five key areas of green building practices: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and the atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
  • For existing buildings, we share efficiency best practices among global sites.
These practices help us reduce natural resource consumption, environmental impact and operating costs. Reducing energy use also enables us to shrink our carbon footprint.

LEED for new construction

The internationally recognized LEED green building certification drives facilities closer to our corporate goal of zero wasted resources, the sustainable use of natural resources, the efficient use of energy and raw materials, and the prevention of pollution. Since 2004, we have incorporated LEED design principles into all new building construction and have certified four facilities to date: These sites alone comprise more than 2 million square feet of LEED-certified space, which is more than 9 percent of our total space worldwide.

Existing buildings

Our existing sites share best sustainability practices, which incorporate many LEED-related measures, to benchmark and compare operating performance and programs. These practices include using energy-efficient lighting; implementing methods to reduce water use; and improving heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system efficiency.

We categorize these practices by system and regularly update our best practice guidelines. Sites assess their system-level performance every other year and make applicable improvements as needed.

In addition to our LEED certifications for new construction, our Santa Clara, Calif., site upgraded the interior of one of its larger buildings on campus. This project earned the LEED for Commercial Interiors Gold certification.