Norwalk, CT – New materials flooring company HMTX Industries has broken ground on its new world headquarters in Norwalk.
The four-story, 24,000sf project aims to directly address the growing issue of climate change. With a continued commitment to sustainability, the new HMTX Industries world headquarters is on track to become the first Living Building Challenge Petal Certified project in the state of Connecticut.
HMTX Industries is also the first flooring company to pursue the Living Building Challenge. As a living building, the HMTX facility is intended to be largely self-sufficient while creating a positive impact on the people and natural systems that surround it while producing zero carbon emissions.
The HMTX building is designed to be energy positive with over 100% of the building’s power demand coming from on-site PV panels with an estimated 144,000 kWh/yr in solar power. It has a predicted energy use intensity (EUI) of 18 with ultra-efficient envelope and mechanical systems, a 60% reduction from baseline office buildings of the same size and location; passive cooling with operable windows and skylights; and natural daylighting by facade optimization and sunshade louvers.
Water conservation features include a rainwater capture and reuse system with a 5,000-gallon storage tank to provide gray water for flush fixtures and utility uses; low-flow fixtures throughout the entire building; and three separate rain gardens that treat storm water naturally and provide on-site retention and infiltration.
Employees’ health and wellness has also been taken into consideration in the design, with natural daylighting in every space; the highest ventilation standards; and biophilic design features including a 1,700sf green roof with native flowers, shrubs and trees.
Interior design and landscape will feature artwork by local and worldwide artists, and the ecologically conscious facility will also provide spaces for artists-in-residence design studios.
Construction manager Shawmut Design and Construction is partnering with McLennan Design and its founder, Jason F. McLennan, on the project.