Daikin and McQuay today announced that it has earned LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its Applied Development Center (ADC) located at McQuay world headquarters in Plymouth, Minn.
The 49,000-square-foot (4,600-square-meter) research center is the world's most advanced facility for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) research and development. The Daikin McQuay ADC is used in the development of innovative, high-quality HVAC technologies that support the environment and provide reliable solutions for customers worldwide.
"It's a great honor to have earned LEED Gold certification for a facility that we are extremely proud of and that is unmatched in the industry," said Hiromune Matsuoka, head of the Daikin McQuay ADC. "Our deep commitment to sustainability can be seen in this facility and in the development of applied products that support the environment, energy savings, innovation, leadership and the best in customer comfort."
The Daikin McQuay Applied Development Center was designed and built by Mortenson Construction, Hammel, Green and Abrahamson architects and engineers, Hunt Electric and Eaton mechanical contractors. With more than 90 percent of the ADC's energy generated by process loads (e.g., hot and cold water for chiller and compressor tests), energy savings are realized primarily by recovering 75 percent of that energy and diverting it back into the system. Other environmental features include water-efficient landscaping, recycled construction waste, use of recycled content for interior surfaces, low-emitting sealants and locally purchased materials.
"Helping our customers achieve their energy efficiency needs and providing them with technologies that allow for design flexibility is just as important to us as reducing our own environmental impact," said Ron Hanlon, chief operating officer of McQuay Americas. "While we plan to continue providing customers with industry leading energy efficient technologies like the Daikin McQuay Magnitude Chiller, we will also continue our journey to a reduced carbon footprint. Achieving LEED Gold certification for the ADC is our most recent accomplishment in doing just that."