Extra Space Storage Facilities in Maryland Celebrate LEED Gold Certification

Self-Storage REIT Extra Space has celebrated the LEED Gold Certification of 12 of its stores in Maryland.

Extra Space Storage Inc., a publicly traded self-storage REIT and third-party management firm, has announced that 12 of its stores in Maryland received the LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Extra Space Storage LogoLEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) recognizes building strategies based on the effective use of materials and resources, energy and water efficiency, sustainability, innovation, and other criteria.

According to a company release, Extra Space Storage is the first storage company to certify properties at Gold level.

Extra Space has also announced that it continues to retrofit its properties with energy-efficient lighting and motion sensors, installing solar panels and replacing fixtures with advanced lighting technologies that use significantly less electricity. The company has also added charging stations for electrical vehicles in certain of its California facilities. With this focus, Extra Space aims to reduce its carbon footprint, save energy and control costs while delivering benefits for many years to come.

In addition to the 12 facilities that have already earned LEED Gold, Extra Space plans to have four more stores earn the certification by the end of 2015.

“We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with these 12 certifications.  This marks another accomplishment from our ongoing dedication to sustainability and operational excellence,” Spencer Kirk, the company’s CEO, said in prepared remarks. “We continue to focus on corporate responsibility and remain committed to reducing our overall impact on the environment.  These efforts reflect our philosophy to leverage innovation to improve environmental and financial results.”

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Extra Space owns or operates 1,335 self-storage properties in 36 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico. The company’s properties comprise approximately 885,000 units and 99.8 million square feet of rentable space.