Environmental Commitment

In keeping with its Founding Mission to promote world harmony, IMRA is committed to doing its part to protect the environment.

In 2010, IMRA earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute for its research and development building in Ann Arbor, MI.  The building is one of 8 LEED Gold installations in Michigan, and just 4 in Ann Arbor.  LEED is a green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.  IMRA’s newest building, which received the reward, is a 22,000 square foot facility located in the Ann Arbor Technology Park that was designed from its very inception to achieve the LEED Gold rating.  A variety of sustainable strategies were incorporated into the building’s specifications, drawn into the construction documents, executed through all phases of construction, and finally confirmed through commissioning exercises.

As part of the LEED certification, the new building includes the following features:

  • Native plants with low impact landscaping
  • White roof for reduced cooling load
  • Local and post-consumer building materials
  • Open floor plan, use of natural light and high-efficiency light sources
  • HVAC control system
  • Energy star appliances and low-water-use fixtures
  • Recycling of construction waste