Cod Liver Oil, Without The Carbon

Nordic Naturals has garnered LEED Gold certification for its  two-story Watsonville, Calif., headquarters, making it the first National Science Foundation-certified supplier and marketer of dietary supplements in the U.S. to achieve this distinction for a new building. The company specializes in supplements that contain Omega-3 fish oils.

Some of eco-highlights of Nordic’s new 87,000-square-foot warehouse and fulfillment center include skylights and localized radiant heat in the warehouse; a gym/workout/shower area with recycled rubber flooring; flexible lighting controls; water purification systems in kitchens and coffee bars; bathroom wall and floor tile made from 40 percent recycled material (with no solvents used in their glazes); and bicycle parking.

image via Wattsonville Economic Development

Attention was paid to water conservation with landscaping that uses 55 percent less water than conventional plant choices, and low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads that water use by building users by 44 percent. Recycled materials were put to use throughout the structure, and account for almost 26 percent of the total material costs; local and regional products weigh in at 32 percent of the same. Employees of Nordic Naturals will also no doubt appreciate the lack of off-gassing PVCs, VOCs, formaldehyde or heavy metals in wall coverings.

According to Joar Opheim, Nordic Naturals founder and CEO, employees have commented on enjoying a nicer work environment and increased productivity due to improved lighting, sound, air circulation and a noticeable absence of chemicals used in typical construction. Meanwhile, visitors have commented on the extensive use of cork flooring. You can see for yourself in a video made by Nordic Naturals:


Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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