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IKEA Distribution Center in Joliet, IL Receives the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification


IKEA, the world's leading home furnishings retailer, today announced
that its Midwest distribution center under construction in Joliet, IL,
has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Gold Certification from the United States Green Building Council®
(USGBC), a first for IKEA properties in the U.S.

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"At IKEA, we value the importance of having a positive impact on the
communities we are a part of," said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president.
"Having our distribution center in Joliet certified LEED Gold is a prime
example of how IKEA believes it can do good business while minimizing
impacts on the environment. It is consistent with our goal of being
energy independent by 2020."

LEED is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance
and operations of high-performance green buildings. The certification is
a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. The rating
system used for new construction is a point-based system (maximum 109
points) that is divided up into categories that address the site, water
use reduction, energy use reduction, material use, indoor air quality,
innovation and other environmental factors. A project must achieve each
of the prerequisites and enough points to complete certification in one
of four categories: Certified (40 points), Silver (50 Points), Gold (60
points) and Platinum (80 points or more).

IKEA distribution center project designer and builder, Gray
along with Vertegy L.L.C. worked together with IKEA to
pursue the LEED Gold Certification for the Joliet location. Vertegy
L.L.C. provided counsel throughout the project.

"Gray is proud to be part of the LEED Gold achievement with IKEA," said
Stephen Gray, president and CEO of Gray Construction. "Having worked
with IKEA for nearly 20 years, the strong partnership between the
companies truly speaks to being able to meet this great accomplishment."

Under construction on 72 acres at the Laraway Crossings Business Park,
the future 1.25-million-square-foot distribution center in Joliet will
enhance the IKEA distribution network with a central location. This will
allow for goods to be received at coastal ports from both Asia and
Europe and then transported inland to the Joliet facility. The proximity
to a nearby railroad intermodal will represent additional long-term
transportation options too. One of the environmental highlights is the
distribution center's 268,920-square-foot solar array built with 9,036
solar panels. The array, currently the largest in Illinois, will produce
approximately 3,377,000 kWh of electricity annually for the facility,
the equivalent of reducing 2,513 tons of carbon dioxide which is equal
to the emissions of 538 cars or providing electricity for 377 homes

About IKEA

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of
good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can
afford them. There are currently 419 IKEA stores in 49 countries,
including 48 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of "Best
Companies to Work For" and strives to be an employer of choice. IKEA
incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports
initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more
information see,
or IKEAUSA on Facebook,
and Pinterest.

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