Warner Bros. strives to make its physical spaces sustainable through a number of different initiatives including LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, water conservation, green cleaning methods and pest management systems.
LEED CERTIFIED BUILDINGS
Warner Bros. received the first LEED™ certification for green building in our industry in 2009. Our Studio now has four LEED™ certified buildings as awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
Green building principles include energy efficiency, water efficiency, improved indoor air quality, waste reduction and utilization of locally sourced, recycled and sustainably produced materials.
In late 2012, Warner Bros.’ Building 161 achieved LEED™ Gold certification for Commercial Interiors. The building, located adjacent to the Studio in Burbank, California, is a three-story, 43,400 square foot building housing the Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing division.
The first floor consists of technical space: a server room, machine room, 12 editing bays and a multi-production room. The second and third floors account for the office space, consisting of “two standard offices,” workstations, huddle rooms, conference rooms, and several telephone rooms. Its energy-saving features include LED lighting, which reduces lighting power density by 30 percent, individual lighting controls at workstations, 97 percent Energy Star-rated appliances and office equipment, and the installation of high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, reducing water use by 34 percent.
During construction, 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills, and 30 percent of the building materials contain recycled content. Additionally, Warner Bros. elected to offset the building’s electricity usage 100 percent through renewable energy credits, which is the equivalent to removing 136 vehicles from the road for one year. Click here to read more about Building 161’s LEED™ Gold certification.
On the Warner Bros. back lot in Burbank, California, Building 43 received LEED™ Silver certification for New Construction in 2012. The two-story, 46,000-square-foot building houses the set lighting, grip, canvas, production sound and transportation departments, as well as offices serving various creative and production staffs working on nearby stages.
The sustainable features of this building include a fully automated building management system monitoring the chilled water HVAC system from nearby central plant; storm water controls, including a 1,400-cubic-foot underground storage/infiltration modules and pervious pavement; four EV vehicle charging stations; a white roof to reduce the “heat island” effect; and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures selected to yield 40 percent water reduction over the standard baseline.
During construction, 79 percent of the construction waste was diverted, 32 percent of the building materials utilized recycled content and 28 percent of the construction materials were regionally sourced. Click here to read more about Building 43’s LEED™ Silver certification.
Located on the Warner Bros. back lot in Burbank, California, Stage 23 became the world’s first LEED™-certified soundstage when it received a LEED™ Gold rating for New Construction in 2009.
The 21,600-square-foot sound stage incorporates numerous sustainable elements, such as local and environmentally preferred construction materials—including Forest Stewardship Council-certified lumber, which is harvested from responsibly managed forests; recycled steel and metals; non-toxic paint and adhesives; and concrete foundations with 35 percent recycled fly ash.
The stage is surrounded by a perimeter of pervious asphalt, which allows rain water to percolate into the ground instead of running off into the Los Angeles River; contains energy efficient lighting; and incorporates Ice Bear® cooling technology in the stage’s tech rooms, using off-peak electricity for daytime cooling. The stage also includes a 100-kilowatt solar electrical system that will generate clean renewable energy.
Additionally, the 1930s set lighting and grip storage facility that previously stood on the site of the new stage was carefully deconstructed so that 92 percent of its building materials, including more than 25,000 board feet of vintage Douglas fir timbers, were reclaimed for reuse and recycling, diverting 1,890 tons of materials from landfills. Click here to read more about Stage 23’s LEED™ Gold certification.
Originally built in 1980, Building 151 achieved a LEED™ Silver rating for Commercial Interiors after a 2004 remodel, making it not only the first LEED™-certified building at the Studio, but the first in the entire entertainment industry as well as in the city of Burbank, California.
The 56,000-square-foot building, home to the Warner Bros. International Television Distribution division, features an Energy Star roof, lighting controls, an efficient HVAC distribution system, and continual building monitoring, and 50 percent of its energy is offset with Green-e certified wind energy.
More than 80 percent of the building’s construction and demolition waste—including wood, metals, drywall, carpet, glass and cardboard—was recycled and diverted from landfills. Recycled-content materials were used in construction, and data collected over the course of its initial year found that the building was 33 percent more energy efficient than prior to the remodel.
Additionally, the building’s design continues to contribute to its occupants’ comfort and well-being, increasing productivity and reducing building maintenance. Click here to read more about Building 151’s LEED™ Silver certification.
Warner Bros. implements water conservation measures such as faucet aerators, low flow toilets, water-saving sprinkler heads and smart, computer-controlled irrigation systems.
GREEN CLEANING PROGRAMS
Warner Bros. has rolled out a green cleaning program throughout its Burbank facilities. The green cleaning program includes green seal certified, non-toxic and recycled cleaning products and washable, color-coded, microfiber cleaning cloths.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM)
Warner Bros. implemented an Integrated Pest Management system in 1999. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a strategy used to manage insect pests in the landscape by using economically and environmentally sustainable practices.
The goal of IPM programs is to reduce and possibly eliminate the spraying of pesticides and to strengthen and stabilize the landscape (ecosystem) so that conditions are more favorable for plants than they are for pests. This is achieved by employing a combination of practices to prevent or avoid anticipated pest problems rather than treating them once they occur. By monitoring pests, action can be taken in a timely manner to prevent significant problems by using the most environmentally-friendly and cost-effective combination of cultural or mechanical, biological and, when justified, chemical methods available.
The gardening department established a tracking system to provide data on the insects’ effectiveness; tracking the success of each IPM technique makes it easier to select strategies in the future and is an integral part of IPM.