The following is a press release about Schneider Electric most recent LEED Certified project. Greensource uses similar technology for their LEED Certification documentation.
Schneider Electric Announces LEED® Silver Certification for LaVergne, Tenn., Facility and Grand Opening of Experience Center
Silver certification commemorated during dedication event with company leaders, local dignitaries and business partners and grand opening of Schneider Electric Experience Center.
LaVergne, Tenn. – October 15, 2010 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced that its LaVergne, Tenn. facility, located at 320 Tech Park Drive, Ste. 100, has obtained silver certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC®) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating SystemTM. The facility is the second Schneider Electric building in Tennessee to receive certification, one of few facilities that have obtained LEED certification in Rutherford County and the first in the city of LaVergne. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance.
The new LEED Silver certified facility is the North America headquarters of Schneider Electric’s lighting and whole-home control business. Schneider Electric used many of the systems it designs and manufacturers within the facility to help achieve the necessary energy and atmosphere points available through the LEED rating system. These systems include occupancy sensors that automatically shut-off lighting when no one is in the area and the schedule-based Powerlink® lighting control system. The company also installed PowerLogic® monitoring systems to establish an energy usage baseline used to monitor and measure performance and help identify future opportunities for efficiency. Schneider Electric’s Andover Continuum® building management system is used to enable the company to review live energy usage and compare information regarding previously used energy. Other Schneider Electric solutions installed in the facility include C-BusTM lighting control network, Juno® lighting products, Integrated Power and Control Solutions (IPaCS)TM equipment and Square D® by Schneider Electric.
“Schneider Electric’s second LEED building certification in Middle Tennessee in under a year further demonstrates their commitment to being an environmentally conscious company and reinforces their dedication to sustainable development practices,” said Ernest Burgess, mayor, Rutherford County. “I commend Schneider Electric for being a leader in the community and continuing to focus on energy management, both for their customers and within their own buildings.”
“Schneider Electric has risen to the challenge and is now a great example of a Tennessee company taking responsibility and making the decision to reduce energy consumption,” said Ryan Gooch, director of energy policy, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. “I congratulate the company on their commitment to sustainability and their ability to use Schneider Electric products to demonstrate that pledge. Their actions will contribute to a brighter future, both environmentally and economically, for Schneider Electric employees and the citizens of Rutherford County.”
The Schneider Electric building improvements consisted of new finishes, new office arrangements and energy management technologies for the 55,000-square-foot facility. Specific improvements included:
Installing bi-level and lower wattage lighting with occupancy sensors to reduce electricity consumption, as well as installing LED exit lights
Utilizing sustainable construction materials, including carpet and flooring made with recycled fiber, low-VOC paint, and wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
Removal and recycling of construction and renovation waste materials such as carpet, metal, paper and plastic
Making use of recycled office furniture from other Schneider Electric locations as part of a larger company strategy to reduce environmental impact
Encouraging active employee lifestyles by installing bicycle racks, showers, and locker rooms
Commissioning the building systems to ensure optimum balancing of HVAC systems and utility monitoring systems for energy efficiency and maximum occupant comfort
Implementation of a “green cleaning” policy to use only low-environmental-impact chemicals and equipment for janitorial and maintenance services
Water-conserving faucets and plumbing fixtures, which are estimated to save over 40% of the water used by conventional fixtures
Extensive use of recycling throughout the facility
“As a company, Schneider Electric’s goal is to help customers around the world save money and protect the environment by reducing energy consumption,” said Tony Gentile, vice president, Installation Systems & Control for
Schneider Electric. “Using our own products and solutions in our facility to obtain LEED certification sets the example that it really is possible to do more with less energy.”
Today at the LaVergne, Tenn. facility at 10:00 a.m., Schneider Electric will celebrate with a LEED dedication event with employees, company leaders, local dignitaries and business partners. Schneider Electric will highlight the importance of LEED buildings and recognize the impact green business practices have on local employees, the community and the environment. This day also marks the grand opening of the Schneider Electric Experience Center which relocated earlier this year from Orlando, Fla. The Schneider Electric Experience Center is a tangible example of energy efficiency at work and features demonstrations of Schneider Electric’s whole-home and lighting control solutions while serving as an on-site installer training center.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company’s 100,000+ employees achieved sales of more than $22 billion in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”
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