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green@work : Magazine : Back Issues : May/June 2004 : Cover Story

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A High Performance Showcase

by Katie Sosnowchik

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Johnson Controls’ High Performance Green Buildings Initiative is a collaborative effort designed to make full use of energy management technologies, with a focus on sustainable development. The company’s Brengel Technology Center, one of the first buildings in the United States to achieve LEED Green Building certification, exemplifies the ideals of the initiative and provides an ideal example of urban redevelopment. Located in downtown Milwaukee, the Brengel Center provides office space for about 400 of Johnson Control’s employees and serves as a working showcase for its technologies.

The $16.9 million, 130,000-square-foot facility, earned LEED certification by using innovative, cost-effective environmental design and construction techniques in the areas of site selection, energy efficiency, water conservation, occupant comfort and health, materials usage and indoor environmental quality. Specific environmental features include:

  • Light-colored concrete and roofing materials as well as landscaped surfaces to decrease heat islands.
  • An open courtyard provides green space in the middle of a downtown area.
  • A Metasys Building Automation System to optimize efficiency and performance of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems and provide fully integrated
    energy monitoring.
  • Decreased dependence on automobile use via nearby bus lines and providing cyclists with showers.
  • Water efficient fixtures reduce use by 20 percent.
  • Building materials (more than half) that contained more than 20 percent recycled content.
  • The use of Personal Environments, a technology that allows individual adjustment of temperature, lighting, background noise and air flow.
  • A permanent indoor air quality monitoring system.
  • Utilization of daylighting strategies to provide 10 percent of the building’s potential energy use.
  • A rooftop mounted weather station to help forecast the building’s energy system load.
  • Rainwater recover system in cooling towers.

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