April 8, 2010, Woodstock, IL
-- Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com
, a leading zero emissions PC and Mac® technology company, announced today its corporate campus was awarded LEED® Platinum Certification
by the Green Building Certification Institute, the highest achievable level
of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program's 1998 inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred
to achieve the Platinum standard. With this recognition, OWC also became the first privately owned light manufacturing/assembly firm in Illinois to obtain LEED Platinum status.
"OWC was founded with a core mission of providing customers the resources needed to maximize their technology investment. Similarly, our new headquarters utilizes leading edge technologies to maximize our own use of natural resources and provide the highest level of operational efficiency,"
said Larry O'Connor, CEO, Other World Computing
."Our conserving for a greener tomorrow ensures our continued ability to be competitive in serving our customers and now is a 'triple win' with our LEED Platinum certification."
International Recognition for Green Building Efforts
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council
in 1998, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. Accreditation is administered by the GBCI through third-party verification across six major areas: sustainability of the site; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process.
The intended outcome of the LEED program is to create buildings that are economically profitable, environmentally friendly, and healthy productive places to work.
"Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems,"
Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The Other World Computing project efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come."
Responsibly Built & Operated
Some of the OWC campus features that helped earn LEED Platinum certification include:
• Geo-thermal ground-coupled heat pump system
• Fiber optic rooftop light-harvesting technology
• High insulation value glass windows and exterior sunshade technology for reduced cooling costs
• High insulation value materials throughout the building for reduced energy use
• "Smart" sensors to detect and adjust energy in unused rooms
• Permeable parking surfaces for environmentally friendly run-off water handling
• Bio Swales landscaping for water conservation
• Use of native plants and prairie grasses for water conservation
• Waterless urinals and dual-mode toilets for water conservation
• High-efficiency hand driers in washrooms for energy/paper savings
• High-efficiency drinking water filtration system to eliminate need for delivered water
• Company-wide recycling with near zero waste generation
• Facilities for employees to commute to work by bicycle
• Low-impact cleaning products
Powered By The Wind
One of OWC’s most visible LEED features is its 194' tall Vestas V39-500 kW wind turbine
. Projected to generate an estimated 1,250,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year,
the turbine can provide up to more than double the current energy requirements of all OWC operations,
including its internet operations datacenter which includes OWC.net and FasterMac.net ISP and webhosting services. Excess energy produced by the OWC wind turbine will be sold back to the local power provider, thus making OWC a net supplier of sustainable energy to the McHenry County, IL region.
"It is refreshing working with an owner who has the foresight to establish rigorous environmental goals and the determination to reach those goals, even despite higher costs and other obstacles,"
said Sandy Glenn, Harris Architects, LEED Accredited Project Coordinator for the OWC project. "OWC's LEED Platinum facility provides a healthy working environment for employees, creates energy for the local community, and represents a first-class example of environmental leadership for others to follow."
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 and www.owc.net
OWC's industry awards include: Crain's Chicago Business
2009 "Fast 50" List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Computerworld Magazine
Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; BizRate's
Gold Circle of Excellence, 2004 to 2009; Inc. 5,000
Top 100 Computers & Electronics Companies 2007 to 2009; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation
2008 Business Champion Award.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program is an internationally recognized green building certification system Developed by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) http://www.usgbc.org/. LEED provides third-party verification that a building or community is designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
xThe 'LEED® Certification Mark' is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission.
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