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Better Buildings Partner Aims Even Higher

William Opalka

Better BuildingsLegrand North America has targeted another 25 percent energy intensity reduction across its North American operations by 2022 from its 2012 baseline levels.

As a partner in the Energy Department’s Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge (BBBP), the new commitment comes after Legrand already exceeded its first goal of a 20-percent well in advance of previous 10-year deadline.

Legrand’s new goals were announced during the recent 2014 Better Buildings Summit, an Energy Department event at which BBBP partners and stakeholders exchange best practices and highlight demonstrated market solutions.

Legrand said it was one of the first In addition to being among the first manufacturers to meet their DOE challenge goals. It has announced two additional goals to improve the company’s operational sustainability: a 25 percent reduction in its water intensity and a 40 percent reduction in landfill waste by 2022, both over the baseline year of 2012.

A manufacturer of electrical and data networking products for residential, commercial and industrial buildings in North America, Legrand was one of a few companies to join Challenge in 2011.  The company committed to a 25 percent energy intensity reduction within 10 years, but exceeded that goal by achieving, a 32 percent reduction across 14 U.S. sites in just four years.

At the National Summit, the Energy Department announced that in 2013, Better Buildings Challenge partners successfully reduced the energy use of their buildings and industrial facilities by more than 2.5 percent.

These energy savings are the equivalent of about $100 million a year. Since 2011, partners have committed more than three billion square feet and 600 manufacturing plants and facilities to energy efficiency upgrades, and have shared energy performance results for more than 9,000 facilities.



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