TK Elevator sources 100% renewable power at Atlanta innovation centre

Its Innovation and Qualification Centre also achieved the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification earlier this year

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TK Elevator has sourced 100% renewable electricity at its Innovation and Qualification Centre (IQC) in Atlanta.

The milestone has been achieved through a green tariff and supports the company’s goal for 100% renewable electricity across its global operations by 2030.

It follows the IQC achieving the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification – the world’s most widely used green building rating system – earlier this year.

The IQC attained a 12% reduction in embodied carbon compared to typical construction through concrete mix optimisation – using ground granulated blast furnace slag and fly ash, which helped save 2.36 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

The IQC also achieved more than a 40% reduction in potable water use compared to baseline buildings through the selection of efficiency flush and flow fixtures that will save 60,000 gallons of water annually.

In addition, it has installed a smart building metering system which fully integrates equipment such as HVAC and lighting.

The US Department of Energy estimates a building employing such a system can help realise up to 45% of energy savings as the elevators put power back into the building with regenerative drives, reducing the energy load of elevators.

TK Elevator also recently joined RE100, the global initiative built around a commitment to source 100% renewable electricity.

Kevin Lavallee, CEO Business Unit North America and Group COO Field said: “We are committing countless resources towards making the world safer and healthier, including purchasing renewable electricity. How we source energy is a priority for our company as we work to achieve our ambitious carbon targets.”