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2015 Eco-Leaders

Green Builder's 2016 Eco-Leaders

The construction industry is stepping up to the plate to do its part in reducing climate change, and this year’s Eco-Leaders are leading the way.

Accoya

Andersen Corporation

Daikin

Google

Ingersoll Rand

Interface

JinkoSolar

Masonite

Roxul

Schneider Electric

Whirlpool Corporation

 

Green Builder Staff

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Whirlpool Corporation

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Aug 1, 2016 9:38:41 PM

Achieving net-zero water through rainwater collection, efficient appliances and graywater reuse.

An underground rainwater collection system at the ReNEWW House in Indiana has a carrying capacity of 3,000 gallons.

Company Profile

Founded: 1911 by Lou Upton and his uncle, Emory, as the Upton Machine Company
Headquarters: Benton Harbor, Mich.
Leadership: Jeff M. Fettig, CEO
Products and Services: Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world.
Employees: 97,000 worldwide
Website: www.whirlpoolcorp.com and www.insideadvantage.com

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Schneider Electric

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 1, 2016 9:28:56 PM

Challenging employees and community members to develop global climate change solutions.

Company Profile

Founded: 1836 by Adolphe and Eugene Schneider
Headquarters: Rueil-Malmaison, France
Leadership: Jean Pascal-Tricoire, Chairman and CEO
Products and Services: Electricity distribution, automation management, service and components for energy management
Employees: 160,000+
Website: www.schneider-electric.com

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Roxul

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Aug 1, 2016 9:17:34 PM

Embracing a culture of environmental responsibility from materials to final product.

Roxul manufacturers stone wool insulation, which is made of of Basalt rock, a volcanic rock, and recycled slag, a by-product of the steel and copper industry.

Company Profile

Founded: H.J. Henriksen and V. Kähler in 1909
Headquarters: Denmark
Leadership: Jens Bigersson, CEO
Products and Services: Stone wool insulation products and solutions servicing a wide variety of sectors, stone wool is a versatile material based on one of nature’s most abundant resources—volcanic rock. It forms the basis of the ROCKWOOL Group businesses.
Number of Employees: More than 11,000 operating in 28 factories in 35 countries.
Website: www.roxul.com

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Masonite

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 1, 2016 9:06:21 PM

Innovating new uses for waste to improve material production and benefit local industries.

Last year, a plant won one of Masonite’s Environmental Excellence Awards for developing a way to reuse scraps from door manufacturing.

Company Profile

Founded: 1924 by William H. Mason
Headquarters: Tampa, Fla.
Leadership: Frederick J. Lynch, President and CEO
Products and Services: Designer and manufacturer of interior
and exterior doors for the residential new construction, residential repair, renovation and remodeling, and non-residential building construction markets.
Employees: 7,000 + worldwide
Website: www.masonite.com

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JinkoSolar

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 1, 2016 8:14:52 PM

Sharing success by providing renewable energy access to local communities.

JinkoSolar provided a 27-kW solar array to Wildlife Associates, cutting its energy bill by 90 percent.

A lot of companies do a good job selling, but they drop the ball on delivery, problems and customer service.

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Interface

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Aug 1, 2016 8:06:54 PM

Going beyond net-zero.

Interface’s Net-Works program encourages residents of impoverished communities to collect fishing nets, which can be reused as yarn for carpet.

Company Profile

Founded: 1973 by Ray Anderson
Headquarters: Atlanta, Ga.    
Leadership: Jay Gould, President and Chief Operating Officer
Products and Services: World’s largest manufacturer of
modular carpet.
Employees: 3,400+
Website: www.interface.com/US/en-US/global

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Ingersoll Rand

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Aug 1, 2016 7:51:32 PM

Engaged employees determine new ways to reduce waste and minimize GHG footprint.

Ingersoll Rand’s green teams consist of volunteer employees who identify ways to improve the company’s sustainability efforts.

Company Profile

Founded: 1905 (formed by a merger of Ingersoll-Sergeant Drill Company and Rand Drill Company, both of which formed in 1871)
Headquarters: Davidson, N.C. (NA Headquarters and Corporate Center)
Leadership: Michael W. Lamach, Chairman and CEO
Products and Services: HVAC Equipment and services; complete compressed air systems, tools, pumps, material handling systems and comprehensive services; transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and rail cars; and small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles.
Employees: 40,000+
Website: www.company.ingersollrand.com

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Google

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Aug 1, 2016 7:41:38 PM

Opening new windows into building science by compiling data on chemicals and toxins in building materials.

Google created its Healthy Materials Program to ensure all buildings are constructed with the healthiest products and materials. Google buildings follow Indoor Environmental Quality guidelines to enhance air quality, improve thermal comfort, mimic biophilia and improve acoustics and lighting.

Company Profile

Founded: 1998
Headquarters: Mountain View, CA
Leadership: Sundar Pichai, CEO
Products and Services: www.google.com/about/products
Employees: 60,000+
Website: www.google.com

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Daikin

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Aug 1, 2016 5:04:07 PM

Developing smarter inverters and less environmentally damaging refrigerants.

Daikin’s inverter-based compressor technology controls motor speeds to eliminate unnecessary operation.

Many of Daikin’s products are huge, weighing close to a ton, requiring the company to determine ways to minimize its environmental impact.

Company Profile

Founded: 1924 by Akira Yamada
Headquarters: Osaka, Japan
Leadership: Noriyuki Inoue, Chairman, and Masanori Togawa, President and CEO
Products and Services: HVAC, refrigeration, filtration, chemicals including refrigerants, oil hydraulics, defense systems and electronics.
Employee: 59,000 globally

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Andersen Corporation

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Aug 1, 2016 4:17:17 PM

Strides in innovation reduce fossil fuel production and increase efficiency.

Andersen’s $20 million energy plant injects sawdust into a boiler to create steam, which powers manufacturing equipment.

Andersen donated windows to 18 net-zero homes built by Habitat for Humanity.

Company Profile

Founded: 1903 by Hans Andersen
Headquarters: Bayport, Minn.
Leadership: Jay Lund, Chairman and CEO
Products and Services: Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen, Renewal by Andersen, Silver Line and American Craftsman brands.
Employees: 11,000
Website: www.andersenwindows.com

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Accoya

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 1, 2016 3:45:04 PM

Careful selection of fast-growing trees avoids excessive deforestation.

This West Vancouver, Canada, home used Accoya as siding, railing, fencing and soffits.

Company Profile

Founded: Accsys Technologies in 2005
Headquarters: London
Leadership: Paul Clegg, CEO
Products and Services: Accoya Wood
Employees: 121
Website: www.accoya.com

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