The Daikin McQuay Applied Development Research Center in Plymouth, Minn., was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental gold certification.

The 49,000-square-foot research center is used in the development of HVAC technologies that support the environment.

“It’s a great honor to have earned LEED gold certification for a facility that we are extremely proud of and that is unmatched in the industry,” said Hiromune Matsuoka, head of the research center. “Our deep commitment to sustainability can be seen in this facility and in the development of applied products that support the environment, energy savings, innovation, leadership and the best in customer comfort.”

With more than 90 percent of the center’s energy generated by process loads, energy savings are realized by recovering 75 percent of that energy and diverting it back into the system.

Other environmental features include water-efficient landscaping, recycled construction waste, use of recycled content for interior surfaces, and low-emitting sealants.