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DTE Energy strikes silver by going green earning LEED certification

DETROIT – DTE Energy is celebrating a historic moment - the company's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The award is for the company‘s renovation of the Navitas House, a long-vacant Art Deco building located next to its downtown headquarters.

"As our first LEED-certified building, the Navitas House illustrates the impact of sustainable construction and design," said Tony Tomczak, executive director, Corporate Services and chief procurement officer. "We're honored to receive this recognition, and showcase our company's focus and dedication to being a force for growth and having a positive impact on the environment."

To become LEED certified, a project earns points based on its ability to save money and resources, and have a positive impact on nearby residents. The project must also promote renewable, clean energy.

Nearly 95 percent of materials were reused from the original building, which currently houses about 140 information technology employees. Old doors were repurposed to create railings and other features, while marble also was reused throughout the space - all of which reduced the amount of trash entering landfills.

To protect the surrounding environment, storm water is treated onsite through landscape elements on the south side of the property to remove silt and pollution before being released to the sewer system. The rain garden filters runoff and provides an urban habitat for birds and butterflies. High recycled content and low volatile organic compounds (VOC) products, such as paints, adhesives and solvents, were used to significantly reduce the emission of smog-forming compounds and improve air quality of the building.

In addition, the Detroit Area Art Deco Society presented its 2015 Preservation Award to DTE Energy for the building renovation.

Additional environmental benefits of the renovations include:

  • 30 solar panels power five percent of the building's electricity
  • Solar installation eliminates 22 metric tons of CO2 emissions
  • 73 percent of the total waste generated from construction was recycled
  • 24 percent reduction in water usage is expected

"The Navitas House is the perfect example of how our company is working to improve the neighborhood through rehabilitating existing infrastructures that are models of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency," said Tomczak.

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.

Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.  As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.

For further information, members of the media may contact:

Randi Berris, DTE Energy, 313.235.5555