Schindler Elevator receives BOMA-NJ’s 2012 Alternative Energy Award
June 22, 2012 - Building Owners and Managers Association of New Jersey (BOMA-NJ) has awarded its 2012 Alternate Energy First Place Award to Schindler Elevator Corp., a global manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walks, for its solar installation project completed at its North American headquarters building in 2011.
By Alyssa Dalton
Bill Rafferty, manager, Building Services at Schindler, accepted the award at a ceremony held at The Newark Club on May 23.
The 250kW solar system, comprised of 1,236 photovoltaic solar panels, produces 310,000 kWh of electricity per year. Each panel generates 230 watts of renewable energy, and provides approximately 11% of the building’s total annual power consumption. Since its installation, the system has offset the generation of close to 600,000 lbw of CO2, the equivalent of taking a family sedan off the road for almost two million miles.
Schindler has a dedicated website and a lobby kiosk which provides real-time data on the energy-savings, carbon reduction and environmental impact of the building’s new solar roof. The website serves as an educational tool to help visitors better understand the environmental benefits of the renewable energy source, as well as the impact weather conditions have on the amount of power produced by the solar roof versus the utility grid.
Other sustainable building improvements included:
• All 475 single-pane windows in the building were replaced with energy-efficient, insulating dual-pane windows featuring low-E coatings to help control heat transfer and reduce the strain on the heating and cooling systems.
• Most internal and external lighting, including parking lot and roadway lighting was fitted with energy-efficient T5 and LED light fixtures running on daylight sensors.
• The building was equipped with new mobility solutions, including the Schindler 9300 AE escalator with Ecoline which generates energy savings of up to 20% per year, and the Schindler 3300 machine room-less elevator which utilizes an energy-saving gearless motor to avoid power loss, frequency converter with standby power mode and LED lights.
“Sustainability has always been a driving force behind everything we do for our customers,” said Michael Landis, vice president, marketing at Schindler North America. “As building owners ourselves, we understand that in order to adopt a truly sustainable approach, we need to show our commitment to that sustainable vision right here in our own facilities.”
A professional real estate organization with a network of over 450 local real estate professionals, BOMA New Jersey is an affiliate of BOMA International.