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Farmers Insurance claims HelpPoint facility committed to environmentally responsible business practices

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—(April 14, 2011)—The new Farmers Insurance Group of Companies® claims HelpPoint building in Oklahoma City which opened its doors in September 2010 is committed to environmentally responsible business practices.  The building sets the green technology curve in town.

The building is one of the first LEED-certified buildings in Oklahoma, which means lower energy costs for Farmers.

“Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification provides third-party validation of a building's green performance, to confirm that a “green” building can provide benefits without higher costs,” explains Farmers Vice President of Real Estate, Jerry Dulek.  “A national standard developed by the United States Green Building Council, LEED certification sets benchmarks for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.”

Dulek explained LEED credits, which are awarded based on five categories of performance:

  • Sustainability – built with sustainable materials in a sustainable way
  • Water- energy- and cost-efficient
  • Materials and resources
  • Indoor environmental quality – creating a healthy employee workplace
  • Innovation and design process

“LEED uses a points system to determine a building’s certification level. The levels are certified, silver, gold and platinum,” Dulek said. “The Oklahoma City HelpPoint facility was recently awarded the Silver LEED certification on the core & shell of the building.”

The HelpPoint building in Oklahoma City houses Farmers claims personnel, who provide first-class claims service for all of Farmers customers across America,” noted Jim Daues, Farmers Senior Vice President of Claims.

“Farmers employees will benefit from the green efforts,” Dulek continued. “They will enjoy a healthier work environment – in a building that encourages employees to pursue their personal wellness plans with bicycle storage, more natural sunlight and fewer allergens.”

Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is the country's 3rd largest insurer of both personal lines passenger automobile and homeowners insurance, and also provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products.  Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be.  Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit its Web site at www.farmers.com or at www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

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