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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.

 

 
09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

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