September 23, 2010, Woodstock, IL
-- Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com
, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, announced today its LEED Platinum Certified corporate headquarters was awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious ENERGY STAR rating,
the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. This designation signifies that OWC’s office building operations perform in the top 25 percent
of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. On a local level, this achievement places OWC’s building on a list of 634 commercial buildings and industrial plants in Illinois
and the first office building in McHenry County to earn the Energy Star
rating since 1999.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR energy performance scale helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. A building that scores a 75 or higher on EPA’s 1-100 scale is eligible for the ENERGY STAR
. Commercial buildings that can earn the ENERGY STAR include offices, bank branches, financial centers, retail stores, courthouses, hospitals, hotels, K-12 schools, medical offices, supermarkets, dormitories, houses of worship, and warehouses.
Commercial buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR use an average of 35 percent less energy
than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide
into the atmosphere. OWC achieved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across organizational operations and by designing and investing in an energy efficient corporate campus.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,”
said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR.”
"The OWC team is very pleased to accept the EPA’s widely recognized ENERGY STAR label in recognition of our energy efficiency and environmental stewardship efforts,”
said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “More than just utilizing power generated by our on-site 500kW wind turbine, our facility employs leading edge technologies to achieve the highest levels of operational efficiencies, thereby allowing us to place renewable wind-generated energy back onto the local power grid to further reduce non-renewable energy source dependency.”
Earlier in 2010, OWC was recognized by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership program for its leadership role in reducing the risk of climate change. By becoming 100% on-site “green powered
” in 2009 via a Vestas V39-500kW wind turbine, OWC became the first U.S. technology manufacturer to be completely on-site wind powered.
OWC’s wind turbine can provide up to nearly double the current energy requirements
of all OWC operations, including its internet operations datacenter for OWC.net and FasterMac.net.
For more information about ENERGY STAR visit: http://www.energystar.gov/
To view the location and profile of Energy Star labeled commercial buildings, visit:
For more information on OWC’s corporate campus, which is one of less than three hundred worldwide
to achieve the Green Building Certification Institute’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standard since 1998, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/green/index.html
To view a virtual tour
of the OWC Platinum LEED campus, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/green/tour.htm
About Other World Computing (OWC)
Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad™ enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net
OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business
2009 “Fast 50” List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 “Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America” list honoree 2007-2010
; Reseller Ratings
Elite Member 2009 & 2010; Better Business Bureau
Top Rating of A+ 2010; Reflex Packaging
Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine
Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation
2008 Business Champion Award.