New facility embraces green building principles

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ASSA ABLOY’s drive to make sustainability an integral part of its business philosophy and culture is apparent in the newly constructed building for Group brands HES and Securitron in Phoenix, Arizona.

The facility was built using sustainable construction methods that are expected to earn it LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in summer 2012.

HES and Securitron completed the move to the 94,000-square-foot Phoenix facility in August 2011. When designing the building, one of the main priorities was to make it as eco-friendly as possible. The facility incorporates a wide variety of design features to help improve energy efficiency, air quality and sustainability.

New mechanical and electrical systems include a highly efficient air-conditioning system, plus energy star appliances and equipment. The building features skylights, automatic controls and sensors that conserve energy, as well as lights on motion sensors and timers for climate control. Upgraded insulation and reduced water consumption for plumbing fixtures reduce energy and water usage. Employees in the new building benefit from improved interior air ventilation.

Sustainable practices used in the construction process include recycling and minimizing construction waste, and using FSC-certified wood, as well as low VOC-emitting paints, adhesives, and other surfaces throughout the building. Air was also filtered during construction to reduce the spread of dust.