Whirlpool Corporation's New Riverview Campus Receives LEED's Highest Rank, Platinum Certification

  Whirlpool Corporation's New Riverview Campus Receives LEED's Highest Rank,
                            Platinum Certification

PR Newswire

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Feb. 19, 2013

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Whirlpool Corporation
(NYSE: WHR), the world's largest manufacturer of home appliances, announced
that the first building constructed on the company's new Riverview Campus in
Benton Harbor, Mich. has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Platinum certification. Platinum is the highest LEED recognition
level achievable and highlights how the new campus has allowed the company to
deliver on its goals of improvements in productivity, operations, energy
efficiency and overall employee experience, all in an eco-friendly manner.

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The Riverview Campus was built using strategies aimed at achieving high
performance in five key areas of human and environmental health:

  Sustainable site development
  Water savings
  Energy efficiency
  Materials selection
  Indoor environmental quality

This new facility will save more than 147 thousand gallons of interior water
and 16,000 million BTUs of energy annually. Ninety five percent of all
demolition and construction waste was diverted from landfills through efforts
to recycle and reuse materials, keeping nearly 15,000 tons of construction
waste out of landfills. The open design of the office allows for maximum
optimization of natural day light and access to views not only of the campus
outside but also a nearby river. Additionally, the campus was designed to
encourage use of alternative transportation methods, and ten low-emitting
and/or fuel efficient vehicles can be charged at electric charging stations

"Whirlpool has been focused on making a positive impact in our communities
since the company was founded more than 100 years ago," said Lee Utke, Senior
Director, Global Corporate Real Estate at Whirlpool Corp. "With this project,
we are able to not only honor that commitment, but also remain at the
forefront of sustainability efforts within the industry."

Whirlpool also made significant efforts to think local with the construction
of the Riverview Campus. More than 90 percent of the project's subcontracts
were awarded to Michigan companies, 75 percent to Southwest Michigan companies
and 10 percent to local companies. Additionally, regional materials extracted
and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site totaled more than 56
percent of the total cost of materials.

Throughout the development, Whirlpool partnered with the Pizzuti Companies, a
Columbus, Ohio-based developer with a long history of incorporating
sustainable building practices in each of its developments, including multiple
facilities built on behalf of Whirlpool at locations throughout the country.
Though this project was initially designed to achieve LEED Gold certification,
through the development process Whirlpool and Pizzuti were able to identify
and incorporate additional measures that helped elevate the project to
Platinum certification.

"Building 'green' isn't always the easiest route to take, but it's an
important part of being a responsible steward of the environment," said Joel
S. Pizzuti, President of The Pizzuti Companies. "Pizzuti associates and the
entire project team worked closely with Whirlpool throughout design and
construction to deliver a highly efficient, environmentally friendly building
that will serve as a model for sustainable development for years to come."

LEED is an internationally recognized 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. The LEED rating system offers four
certification levels for new construction – Certified, Silver, Gold and
Platinum. The certification was established by the U.S. Green Building
Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

About Whirlpool Corporation

Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of
major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012,
68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around
the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly
every country around the world. Additional information about the company can
be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.

SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation

Website: http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com
Contact: Media Line of Whirlpool Corporation, +1-269-923-7405,
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