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09/30/2010

Largest Concentration of LEED Platinum Buildings Awarded

Johnson Controls greens corporate campus

 
Largest Concentration of LEED Platinum Buildings Awarded

The Johnson Controls corporate campus is now home to the largest concentration of LEED Platinum buildings. Situated on a 33-acre site in Milwaukee with 7 total facilities, 4 buildings have received USGBC’s highest level of certification.

Energy use has been reduced by 21%, despite doubling the complex’s space by an added 160,000 square feet. A combination of recycled greywater and low-flow fixtures has reduced annual water use by 595,000 gallons, aided by a rooftop collection system that filters and stores rainwater. The roof also includes a layer of solar film as well as vegetation. Permeable paving blocks were used to resurface a 3-acre parking lot, allowing stormwater and snowmelt to be collected into an attractive retaining pond.

Renewable energy was a critical part of energy reduction. A geothermal heat pump, comprised of 272 wells that are 300 feet deep, augments the efficiency of heating and cooling with moderate subsurface temperatures and mass. Installed directly above the system is a 250kW PV array. This configuration allows for the 31,115-square-foot solar panels to share the same footprint as the geothermal system.

Inside, each employee can adjust their personal workspace for light, airflow, volume, and temperature. They can even introduce white noise to mask sound. All environmental systems turn off after 10 minutes of inactivity, operating on the same principle as motion sensors.

The company anticipates recouping their spend within eight years.

 

 
04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
03/05/2014
Is your building prepared to handle an emergency?
03/04/2014
NASCAR revealed five newly installed charging stations for employee use.
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