ASSA ABLOY’s drive to make sustainability an integral part of its business philosophy and culture is apparent in the newly constructed EMS & OEM Group building.
The Phoenix, Arizona home of Group brands HES and SECURITRON incorporates sustainable construction methods that are expected to earn the facility LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
USGBC is an internationally recognized organization that provides the LEED rating system, a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The Phoenix facility is the first ASSA ABLOY Americas building designed to the LEED Silver level. Formal certification is expected to come in summer 2012.
HES and Securitron completed the move to the 94,000 square-foot Phoenix facility in the August of 2011. When designing the facility, one main priority was to make it as eco-friendly as possible. The EMS & OEM Group incorporated a wide variety of building design features to help improve energy efficiency, air quality and sustainability.
New mechanical and electrical systems include a highly efficient air conditioning system, plus energy star appliances and equipment. The building features skylights, automatic controls and sensors that conserve energy, as well as lights on motion sensors and timers for climate control. Upgraded insulation and reduced water consumption for plumbing fixtures reduce energy and water usage. Employees in the new building benefit from improved interior air ventilation.
Site features contributing to the Silver LEED rating include close proximity to a variety of services for employees and the use of indigenous plants in landscaping for reduced irrigation water use. Bicycle parking and shower facilities contribute to a reduced carbon footprint.
Sustainable practices used in the construction process include recycling and minimizing construction waste, and using FSC-certified wood, as well as low VOC emitting paints, adhesives, and other surfaces throughout the building. Air was also filtered during construction to reduce the spread of dust.
Employees and guests play a significant role in making the work environment healthy and sustainable. Recycling bins are strategically located throughout the building to facilitate recycling for operations and employees. Signs located throughout the building and internal action committees help educate guests and employees of the “green” features of the space and its smoke-free work environment. Environmentally responsible cleaning practices are used to maintain the building.
The EMS & OEM Group eagerly awaits the formal conveyance of its LEED Silver certification and the opportunity to showcase its new home as an example of ASSA ABLOY’s commitment to sustainability.