Accounting firm Plante & Moran has transplanted its Grand Rapids offices into a larger and “greener” space.

The firm signed a lease on new office space that includes energy-efficient utilities and on-site recycling. The new offices will provide space for 112 staff members, with room to accommodate future growth. The building allowed Plante & Moran and other tenants to use environmentally friendly products, materials and building methods, including a “white” roof that will reduce energy usage and the urban “heat island” effect. Water-efficient plumbing fixtures are expected to reduce water and sewage usage by 40 percent.

The use of energy-efficient heating, ventilation, cooling, lighting and water systems also promise to minimize environmental impact. In addition, the firm is recycling 50 percent of all its construction waste, thereby diverting it from landfills.

By using locally made and recycled materials, the firm hopes to minimize transportation and energy costs. The offices will provide on-site recycling of paper, cardboard, plastic and other materials. The firm also plans to institute a “green” housekeeping program to protect the health of occupants and the environment.

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