Johnson Controls second global headquarters receives green building recognition

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Shanghai building recognized for significant savings in energy, water and materials

Johnson Controls’ new headquarters building being built in Shanghai has received the first-ever EDGE design-phase certification for an office building in China. EDGE, which stands for “Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiency,” is a green building certification system from IFC-World Bank Group that focuses on resource-efficient building design in more than 100 emerging economies, funded in large by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Among the factors that distinguished the Johnson Controls facility are its projected 44 percent energy savings, 42 percent water savings, and 21 percent embodied energy in materials savings. The minimum requirement for EDGE certification is to achieve no less than 20 percent total savings in energy, water and embodied energy in materials in each category compared to the local market standard.

“Our new headquarters location in Shanghai will be a showcase for the products and solutions we deliver to customers all over the world. It’s a symbol of our commitment to the region, and of our leadership in sustainability,” said Ward Komorowski, vice president, Enterprise Property Group, Johnson Controls
“Our new headquarters location in Shanghai will be a showcase for the products and solutions we deliver to customers all over the world. It’s a symbol of our commitment to the region, and of our leadership in sustainability,” said Ward Komorowski, vice president, Enterprise Property Group, Johnson Controls.

Innovations incorporated into the new building include solar PV panels which will help regulate energy usage during peak times, high efficiency chillers to maintain comfortable temperatures and Johnson Control’s Metasys® integrated building management system.

During the awards ceremony, which took place at the construction site of the new headquarters, Simon Andrews, country manager of China, Korea and Mongolia, IFC, congratulated the company on its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through building efficiency. “We are delighted that Johnson Controls is our first EDGE partner in commercial building in China, and shares our commitment to green buildings that make sense for the environment and for business.”

The Shanghai facility will serve as the company’s second global headquarters, housing global leaders as well as senior leadership for the Asia Pacific region. The 35,000 square-meter campus will open in spring 2017.

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