Technologies in New Complex Save Water, Minimize Light Pollution, and
Recover Wasted Heat to Provide Comfort
MARKHAM, ON, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today held a grand
opening for a new, green office complex in the Town of Markham, which is part
of North America's largest mixed-use, sustainable development.
Honeywell, a global leader in energy services and green building
solutions, consolidated two of its offices, moving approximately 400 employees
into the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design(R) (LEED)-registered
complex. The office will serve as the new Canadian headquarters for the
Honeywell Building Solutions business.
"We are implementing the same innovations we provide to clients, and are
establishing a greener workspace in the process," said Charlene Arje,
president and national executive of Honeywell Canada. "This facility
demonstrates our commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of our
facilities through more efficient building performance. The overall result is
lower energy costs, reduced emissions, and a more comfortable and productive
The 68,000-square-foot workspace incorporates several Honeywell solutions
to help the Markham facility reach the targeted LEED Silver certification.
This includes the Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), a facility
management platform that actively monitors and manages air quality and climate
control throughout the facility, optimizing comfort while reducing energy
consumption. Honeywell systems for fire alarm, access control, intrusion
protection and digital video monitoring are also integrated into the building
design, and managed through EBI.
Some of the many green features of the building include:
- State-of-the-art Honeywell building automation systems designed to
maximize the performance of building mechanical systems
- Carbon dioxide sensors to match ventilation with occupancy
- Technologies that recover waste heat from exhaust systems to heat
- Water-saving measures
- High-efficiency devices reduce water use by 54 percent reduction
- A cistern captures rainwater from the roof to reduce the amount of
treated water needed to remove waste, saving almost 2.5 million
litres of water per year
- Site lighting to minimize "light pollution" of the night sky; special
fixtures ensure that no light spills upwards
- Low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paints, coatings, sealants and
adhesives help create a healthy work environment and reduce smog
Participating in today's celebration were hundreds of Honeywell
employees, clients and partners, as well as government dignitaries including
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti; The Honourable John McCallum, MP,
Markham-Unionville and Mr. Monte Kwinter, Parliamentary Assistant to the
Minister of International Trade and Investment, who demonstrated their support
for Honeywell's leadership.
"It is encouraging to see global corporations take the initiative to
support a sustainable economy, and improve the areas where their employees
work and live," said Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen. "I commend
Honeywell for doing their part in creating a greener Ontario."
The certification of LEED-registered commercial space, overseen by the
Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), allows companies to operate as a
sustainable member of their communities by demonstrating a commitment to
environmental practices. It is the most recognized green building rating
system in North America. Many developers, particularly those working on
federal government and leading-edge private sector buildings, are requiring
that building designs meet one of the various LEED certification levels.
Honeywell has more than 100 LEED-accredited professionals on staff, and
is actively involved in the CaGBC and U.S. Green Building Council. The company
also works with organizations to conserve energy, optimize building operations
and leverage renewable energy.
Since the 1980s, Honeywell completed more than 5,000 energy-efficiency
projects in facilities across the globe. It also helped 5 million homeowners
decrease their energy use through its work with utilities. These projects are
expected to deliver more than $5 billion in energy and operational savings.
The company also joined the Clinton Climate Initiative in an effort to help
the world's largest cities, including Toronto, improve energy efficiency in
their facilities and decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
Honeywell International is a $38 billion diversified technology and
manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and
services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive
products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township,
N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock
Exchanges. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.
Honeywell Building Solutions is part of the Honeywell Automation and Control
Solutions business group, a global leader in providing product and service
solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory
compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings
and industry. For more information about Building Solutions, access
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