FAIR LAWN, N.J.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--CALMAC, a leader in energy storage systems, today announced it has received LEED® Gold Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EB:O&M) at its Fair Lawn, New Jersey, headquarters. CALMAC is the first HVAC manufacturing facility in the state to obtain LEED Gold. Contributing to making this possible was CALMAC’s IceBank® thermal energy storage system, installed in 2009, which had lowered on-peak demand and cooling costs by 33 percent.
“Going through the LEED process enabled us to analyze our energy usage at our office and manufacturing plant, and using quantitative data, allowed us to ensure we were as efficient as possible”
Prior to applying for LEED certification, CALMAC regularly incorporated green practices on all its factory upgrades. During earlier remodeling, CALMAC was able to utilize more sustainable materials and resources, cut its on-peak energy demand by 33 percent and reduce usage energy by 27 percent by a combination of measures, including factory lighting retrofit, process heat recovery units and the IceBank Storage system. Building materials such as recycled carpet, bamboo cabinetry and walls and ENERGY STAR appliances were also used.
To obtain the LEED EB:O&M certification, CALMAC enlisted YRG Sustainability Consultants to help manage the process and keep things running smoothly. CALMAC implemented new green policies and procedures as well as installed many energy-saving technologies, new lighting controls and zoning, reflective roof paint, consolidated transformers and low-volume flush toilets.
“Going through the LEED process enabled us to analyze our energy usage at our office and manufacturing plant, and using quantitative data, allowed us to ensure we were as efficient as possible,” said Mark MacCracken, CEO of CALMAC. “Our biggest discovery was finding out that a machine in the plant was using 2/3 of the entire facility’s energy use. As a result of the LEED process we were able to make plans to install larger heat reclaim units to significantly reduce energy use.”
“USGBC applauds CALMAC for this impressive achievement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), administrator of the LEED Green Building Rating Systems. “Manufacturing facilities are especially prone to energy inefficiencies because their large footprint and energy-intensive machinery. CALMAC’s focused commitment to sustainability practices across every area of LEED sets a high bar for manufacturers worldwide.”
CALMAC obtained 61 points to qualify for LEED Gold, including nine points for energy efficiency, and one innovation point for utilizing its own IceBank system. To obtain a LEED innovation point under the Demand Response Pilot Credit, CALMAC permanently shifted electrical loads associated with cooling from daytime hours to off-peak hours. This permanent load shift had to result in a reduction of 10 percent below the peak demand, which CALMAC significantly beat by reducing peak demand by 33 percent.
For more than 60 years, CALMAC has been an innovator in cool energy technologies. Its flagship product, IceBank, lowers the environmental impact and costs of comfort cooling by utilizing efficient night-time energy to cool buildings during peak, daytime hours the following day. In addition, CALMAC’s patented Alumazorb® Low Emissivity Ceiling, which is suspended over the ice surface, reduces the energy consumption needed to refrigerate ice rinks. These technologies assist in lowering our reliance on traditional sources of energy, especially as changes in the energy industry and a growing interest in high performance buildings continues to contribute to rapid growth of the thermal energy storage market.
CALMAC Corporation is widely recognized for promoting peak energy conservation and energy cost savings. A member of the Electricity Storage Association (ESA) and a USGBC member, CALMAC is the manufacturer of IceBank® Energy Storage equipment with over 4,000 Ice Storage installations worldwide. IceBank systems are a valuable component of the smart grid, enabling energy, including renewable wind energy that mainly blows at night, to be efficiently stored for use during periods of high demand.