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December 30, 2014, 1:15 pm

The Division Is Going Green!

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Image 2We’re thrilled to announce that our headquarters, located in Suwanee, Georgia, recently received two Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

Green Globes is a green building rating and certification system that awards a building one to four Green Globes based on its sustainability features and practices. According to the system, our two Green Globes demonstrate “excellent progress in the reduction of environmental impacts and use of environmental efficiency practices.”

Our Suwanee offices opened in 2013 and were designed with the Green Globes rating system in mind. In fact, the offices feature our very own Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems, which contributed a substantial number of points in the Energy and Indoor Environment assessment areas. To further support our sustainable efforts, we’ve also created an Environmental Committee, whose sole purpose is to promote a company-wide focus on energy reduction, reuse and recycling. To date, the committee has successfully introduced recycling in our coffee areas and lunchroom, as well as created a wood and plastic collection area in our local warehouse.

We’re proud of this prestigious accomplishment and look forward to finding new ways to continue our commitment to sustainability. Click here to learn more about Green Globes and how to make your building a symbol of sustainable practices.

December 4, 2013, 10:52 am

GSA Now Recognizes Green Globes Alongside LEED as Recommended Certification Program

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The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has announced that Green Globes® is now recognized by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) alongside LEED® as the two recommended third-party certification systems for the federal government to use to gauge the performance of its buildings.

Ray Tonjes, chairman of GBI and president of Ray Tonjes Builder, Austin, Texas, says this new GSA recognition is “representative of our achievements in providing a comprehensive, transparent and consensus-driven rating system and product line to the market.”

We’ve been strong supporters of the Green Globes program and, through our membership in the U.S. Green Building Council, of LEED as well. Mark Kuntz, Mitsubishi Electric’s vice president of marketing and engineered solutions, was recently appointed to GBI’s board of directors. Also, Mitsubishi Electric is currently in the process of receiving certification under the Green Globes standard for our new corporate offices that opened earlier this year in Suwanee, Ga.

According to GBI, its growth in the market is due to its commitment to the practicality of its tools for use by building owners, designers and facility managers as well as its commitment to open, consensus-based review of its technical criteria. GBI remains steadfast in using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved consensus procedures and in 2010, it was recognized for developing Green Globes for New Construction as the first ever American National Standard for a commercial building rating system.

August 23, 2013, 10:47 am

Green Globes Releases Online Technical Reference Manual

July 8_Kuntz Green Globes Image 1In July, we posted about the Green Building Initiative (GBI) and the major updates to its Green Globes for New Construction program. Now, the GBI has made the program even more user-friendly by releasing the online Technical Reference Manual.

The first Web-based green building assessment software of its kind, Green Globes provides professionals with resources for evaluating and improving the environmental friendliness of any building or construction project. The new online manual will serve as a guide for industry professionals to fully understand the criteria and scoring protocol used in the program. With this new manual, the GBI takes another leap forward in making the planning process as simple as possible for any project.

For instant access to the online manual, click here.

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July 8, 2013, 4:57 pm

Green Globes Announces Significant Upgrades

While LEED®, the standard developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, has led the charge in sustainable building practices for years, Green Globes®, a program of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), is quickly emerging. The Green Globes program gives construction professionals an alternative to LEED certification, one that GBI claims is a more streamlined and affordable way to advance the environmental performance of commercial buildings.

July 8_Kuntz Green Globes Image 1GBI, a nonprofit that promotes practical approaches to green building, recently announced the most significant upgrades to its Green Globes for New Construction (Green Globes NC) program since it first became available in the U.S. in 2006. This Web-based program for green building guidance and certification includes on-site assessment by third-party experts.

Mitsubishi Electric is no stranger to the Green Globes program. Our own Mark Kuntz, vice president of marketing and engineered solutions, was recently named to the Board of Directors of GBI, solidifying our commitment to the organization. For years, Mitsubishi Electric’s cooling and heating systems have been used by professionals seeking Green Globes certification for their commercial buildings. Our own new headquarters in Suwanee, Ga., is currently pursuing certification under the Green Globes standard.

To read more about Green Globes and GBI, visit www.thegbi.org. An informative white paper on the new program is available for download here.

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