USGBC awards new Carrier facility for zero-energy building design
March 19, 2014
Carrier’s new manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, has earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design-gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 390,000-square-foot facility – which features six assembly lines for manufacturing rooftop units – is the HVAC market company’s sixth LEED-certified building. Features that contributed to the factory’s LEED certification include a chilled water plant and cooling equipment; condensate water recycling, which reduced on-site potable water consumption by 96 percent; recycling 89 percent of the company’s excess construction materials, which diverted them from landfills; and the factory’s zero-energy building design and green cleaning policy.
"We often say 'green products must start at a green company' and I can't think of a better way to illustrate that commitment than through the sustainable design of a facility that manufactures environmentally responsible products," said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer at Carrier parent company UTC Building & Industrial Systems. "Our customers should take great pride in the fact that the products they purchase are more than innovative and efficient, they're truly environmentally sustainable starting with their manufacture."
USGBC chairman and founder Rick Fedrizzi said the HVAC equipment manufacturer is a sustainability leader.
"Achieving green buildings for all within a generation will only be made possible with the help of great leaders in the building industry like Carrier," Fedrizzi said. "Carrier has a strong history of sustainability and has been a leader in growing and improving the LEED rating system. We congratulate them for achieving yet another certification that enhances the health of our planet and the people who will use the building every day."