Pittsburgh …Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced it has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification for Commercial Interiors from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its facility expansion in Hanover, Md.
The Hanover facility is powered by Eaton’s industry-leading, smart green building, energy-efficient products including Pow-R-Command™ lighting control panelboards and Power Xpert® metering, which significantly contribute to environmental protection and emissions reduction. Other Eaton energy-efficient products that were installed include Integrated Facility Switchboards (IFS), motor control centers, transformers and busway systems.
“Eaton maintains a culture of ‘doing business right,’ and that includes a commitment to being sustainable by design,” said Kevin McLean, senior vice president, Eaton. “The LEED Certification in Hanover is yet another example of how Eaton can deliver solutions that help power business and, at the same time, lessen environmental footprints.”
LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy-efficient and highest-performing buildings. Buildings constructed in accordance with LEED standards are, on average, 26 percent more efficient than other facilities. LEED certification of Eaton’s Hanover facility was based on a number of efficient design and construction features that positively affect the project as well as the greater Baltimore region. These features include:
- 40% potable water reduction
- 25% lighting power reduction
- Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment efficiency and CO2 monitoring
- Two-thirds of the equipment is Energy Star
- More than 75% of the waste from the expansion was recycled/salvaged or otherwise diverted from landfills
- Materials reuse, recycled content and certified wood
- Low-emitting materials throughout, mitigating or eliminating volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Increased controllability of the lighting and mechanical systems
“This distinguished award continues to signify Eaton’s commitment of fostering sustainable business, and we are honored to obtain the LEED certification,” said Dan Knowles, Eaton national facilities area manager. “Eaton strives to increase the efficiency of our operations, reduce the environmental impact and create the best workplace for our employees through sustainable construction efforts.”
The Hanover location is Eaton’s third LEED facility in the nation. In 2010, Cleveland-based Eaton relocated from two Maryland offices, in Columbia and Elkridge, to occupy all of 7451 Coca Cola Drive, a 50,850-square-foot building in Hanover. Eaton has made a public commitment to the Business Roundtable to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 18% by 2012. The company is measuring and reporting on performance through Eaton’s Sustainability Report which, since 2006, has been part of Eaton Corporation’s Annual Report.
Eaton collaborated with Scheer Partners, Inc., the leading provider of fully integrated commercial real estate services in the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, to attain this certification. Scheer Partners ensures that the design and construction are completed in accordance with LEED and coordinated the certification process with the USGBC.
Founded in 1991, Scheer Partners is a full-service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Rockville, Md., with a second office in Tysons Corner, Va. With a focus on the greater Washington and Baltimore regions, Scheer Partners’ fully integrated services include tenant and landlord representation; strategic planning and LEED consulting; facilities and construction management; and investment sales, acquisitions and development. For more information, visit www.scheerpartners.com.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2009 sales of $11.9 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.