Shaw Industries’ carpet-to-energy facility earns LEED Silver
Shaw Industries Group has achieved the USGBC’s LEED Silver designation for New Construction for its Reclaim to Energy (Re2E) process building, in Dalton, Ga.
"We take a holistic approach to all that we do, so it’s only fitting that the facilities that manufacture and recycle our products are also designed for minimal environmental impact," said, Paul Murray, VP sustainability and environmental affairs, Shaw Industries.
In 2012, Shaw’s 35,397-sq.-ft. Re2E facility began to convert carpet to steam energy — a steady, cost-stable alternative power supply for two adjacent carpet manufacturing facilities. Re2E is projected to convert 84 million lbs. of carpet each year into 50,000 lbs. of steam energy per hour. It will save enough fossil fuel to power the equivalent of about 7,500 homes annually — eventually co-generating enough electrical energy to help sustain its own operations.
"Our engineering and facilities staff worked diligently to identify opportunities to decrease our environmental impact as well as reduce operating costs at this facility," Murray added. "Earning LEED points for an industrial facility in a non-metropolitan area requires more thought and planning than for an office building in a more urban area because such facilities can’t readily take advantage of site-based points such as development density or transportation connectivity."
Features contributing to the Re2E’s LEED Silver certification include:
- Optimized energy performance, obtaining more than 20% cost savings compared with buildings that only comply with Georgia’s strong energy code — reducing environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use;
- Water efficient landscaping, achieving a 50% reduction in the use of potable water, or other natural surface or subsurface water resources available on or near the project site, for landscape irrigation;
- Incorporating products that in aggregate achieved more than 28% recycled content for the building; and
- Using low-emitting materials, including Shaw Contract Group’s Site Lines Carpet Tile, which boasts 44% recycled content, is Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified and 100% recyclable.
Philips LED 100-watt equivalent bulb first to be Energy Star-qualified
Philips has announced that its LED 100-watt equivalent bulb, the Philips LED 22-watt, is now Energy Star-qualified. Designed to replace a 100-watt incandescent bulb while reducing energy consumption by more than 75%, the LED 22-watt offers a light output of about 1,800 lumens.
The bulb is the first LED 100-watt equivalent to achieve Energy Star qualification.
The Philips LED 22-watt offers a warm 2700K color temperature that mimics the light output of conventional bulbs. Next-generation, high-power LUXEON LEDs, developed specifically to support the 100-watt innovation, enable the bulb to exceed the Energy Star performance criteria, which require that the lamp deliver at least 1,600 lumens, a color rendering index (CRI) of 80 and a rated life of 25,000 hours. The Philips LED 22-watt also fits into existing fixtures and works with standard dimmers.
"The Philips LED 22-watt bulb is the next natural addition to an LED retrofit portfolio that already offers 88 Energy Star-rated products, ensuring that our customers are getting a product that delivers the quality and innovation they have come to expect from us," said Ed Crawford, general manager of Lighting Systems and Lamps for Philips. "Once again we have demonstrated that customers do not have to wait for alternatives to incandescent bulb or sacrifice their light output or quality because LED technology can deliver real business benefits without compromise."
The new Philips LED 22-watt is dimmable and has a rated life of 25 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb.
Supreme Court rules for Whirlpool
A Supreme Court ruling came down on the side of Whirlpool, as the highest court sent a class-action case back to appeals court for reconsideration.
At issue was the class-action status of the case brought against the appliance maker.
The Supreme Court’s ruling, which came down Monday, was related to another class-action ruling that dealt with a case involving a class-action suit filed against Comcast.
In Whirlpool’s case, a class-action lawsuit was organized on the behalf of consumers who claimed the products emitted unpleasant odors.