Company News, 2015-03-26, 11:02 AM
ThyssenKrupp Celebrates Sustainability at Tennessee Factory’s LEED ® Gold Certification Event
On Tuesday, ThyssenKrupp Elevator celebrated the company’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was awarded to the elevator factory in Middleton, Tennessee. With almost 1,000 distinguished guests, company executives and employees in attendance, the event highlighted the companies continued commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates.
Today we recognize the great accomplishment of our Americas team”, said ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG CEO, Andreas Schierenbeck. “We see investment in sustainability as an essential component of our future success. By achieving this LEED Gold certification, we are investing in our employee’s health and safety, in our community and in our partnership with the State of Tennessee.”
The event included factory tours highlighting major achievements of the LEED Gold certification, speeches and a luncheon for the plants’ 750 plus employees.
“ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s long history of excellence in sustainability, paired with a steadfast dedication to employee health and safety, make it a worthy recipient of this prestigious certification,” said Lori Munkeboe, director of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Sustainable Practices. “LEED Gold Certification cements ThyssenKrupp as a leader in Tennessee’s green economy and has set the standard for facilities looking to improve indoor air quality and reduce energy consumption statewide.”
Improvements made to the almost 50-year old factory include;
• The amount of outside air to ventilate the space was increased by over six million cubic meter per day.
• Upgrades to the HVAC system, the new building management system and ventilation as well as lighting improvements save more than 3,3 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year - enough to power all the homes in Middleton, Tennessee all year long.
• The integration of efficient bathroom fixtures and native plants which eliminated outdoor irrigation will save over 2,3 million liter of water annually.
• 97 percent of all waste generated at the facility is diverted from landfills.
“Several years ago we set goals to minimize our impacts on the environment, reduce waste and provide greener solutions to our customers,” said Rich Hussey, president and CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas. “Since then, over 150 of our employees have passed the LEED Green Associates exam; we are transitioning our service fleet to alternative fuel and high efficiency vehicles and have received third-party confirmation that this facility produces among the most energy efficient elevators in North America.”
To produce sustainable products in a sustainable way is a strategic priority on the research agenda of ThyssenKrupp. The group of companies focuses on resource efficient processes, intelligent systems for energy storage, sustainable mobility, as well as innovative solutions for the transition from fossil to renewable energy. ThyssenKrupp is also running an ambitious energy efficiency programme to further improve its own production processes.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system developed by the USGBC, which promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The Green Building Rating System is the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
Globally, approximately 100,000 projects are already certified or registered in accordance with the LEED, BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), or regional green building standards. Many other international projects are making use of safe and energy-efficient technologies without undergoing a specific certification process, and companies like ThyssenKrupp are instituting sustainability into their core business plans by improving resource usage, efficiently managing waste, and investing in green customer solutions, which in some cases go well beyond LEED certification requirements. Since 40 percent of all energy worldwide is consumed in buildings, smart buildings using energy-saving equipment have a tremendous impact on global energy consumption. On average, new elevator technologies such as the ThyssenKrupp TWIN elevators can save up to 27 percent of energy when compared with other technologies, and reduce the electrical power required by half. This leads to lighter and simpler power supply systems.
In addition, elevators can also operate as power generators. Regenerative drives, which use energy created when the cabins slow down (converted into electricity and fed back into to the building’s power grid), reduce energy needs for the building by approximately 30 percent.
The cost saving implications of these technologies is immense. In the case of ThyssenKrupp solutions used in the new One World Trade Center in New York, the energy generated through elevator use is enough to feed the lighting system of the entire building.