ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Humantech, experts in workplace improvement, was named one of Michigan's "Biggest Losers" at the 2017 Battle of the Buildings Energy Summit last week. This statewide contest isn't a weight loss competition but an energy reduction war with 475 competing buildings, representing over 65,000,000 square feet. Humantech took second place in the office category.
The buildings that demonstrated the greatest percentage-based reduction in EUI (energy use intensity) were recognized at the JW Marriott on April 19, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This summit consisted of keynote speakers, panel discussions of participants, exhibit booths, and an awards banquet.
Since 2015, Humantech cut energy waste through energy-saving activities such as making improvements to the building, optimizing operations and maintenance, and engaging occupants to save.
In 2013, Humantech set a goal to be in the top quartile nationally of Energy Star Portfolio facilities. Since then, their initial score of 76 increased to 90 out of a possible 100. "We primarily used NSF P391 General Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Services and Service Providers as our guiding tool, which contains a protocol used to evaluate and certify the sustainability of service providers," says Humantech President James Good. Certification to NSF P391 is based on the achievement of points at Conformant, Silver, Gold or Platinum levels with specified monitoring to maintain certification. In its first year participating, Humantech achieved a Gold level and has since moved up to Platinum.
In addition to the NSF P391 initiative, Humantech worked with the Clean Air Coalition to conduct ASHRAE Levels I and II Energy Audits at their facility. "We also installed window film to reduce solar heat gain, and programmable digital thermostats to enhance HVAC system scheduling, made LED lighting conversions, reduced envelope infiltration by sealing and adding weather stripping, consolidated computer servers, and installed all ENERGY STAR appliances including computer displays," says Good.
The 2016 competitors saved more than $2.4 million in energy costs and avoided 22,141 metric tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) from entering the atmosphere.
To learn more about Battle of the Buildings or how to compete in next year's contest, visit http://www.michiganbattleofthebuildings.org/2017-energy-summit/.
Additional Information about Humantech:
For nearly 40 years, global companies have relied on Humantech for workplace improvements. By combining experienced, board-certified ergonomists with our proprietary assessment tools and comprehensive software, we deliver integrated solutions that impact safety, quality, and productivity.
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