TG's Focus on the Environment
TG's Corporate Home
TG's corporate facility, located in Round Rock, Texas, has received the EPA ENERGY STAR certification for the last six years and has a current rating of 98 on a 0-100 scale. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR label, buildings and manufacturing plants must have a minimum score of 75 and, thus, rate in the top 25 percent of facilities in the nation for energy performance. Additionally, a building must meet four requirements, including adequate ventilation, adequate lighting levels, thermal comfort, and indoor air pollutant control.
TG's building meets all ENERGY STAR specifications and employs an assortment of systems and processes that promote energy efficiency. For example, TG's corporate building:
- Uses an Energy Management System (EMS) and Direct Digital Control (DDC) technology to control and monitor building heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. The EMS allows TG to reduce its energy consumption by controlling the indoor environment and optimizing all mechanical equipment.
- Uses a smart electrical metering system with over 400 points located throughout the building which monitor and trend electrical consumption and predefined alarm threshold limits.
- Uses the latest lighting technologies to reduce energy consumption. These lighting technologies include a light harvesting system (the system reduces light output depending on available outdoor ambient light); occupancy sensors that turn off lighting when not needed; and low wattage, mercury T825 watt lamps. As applicable, efficient LED lamps are also utilized in various locations within the building.
- Uses low-flow water fixtures and automated landscape water timers to help TG maintain lower water consumption rates.
- Reduces data center energy consumption by consolidating servers, as well as through strategic operations that reduce server usage during off-peak times.
To learn more about energy conservation
For more information about how an organization can assess its building's energy usage, implement improvements, and potentially receive the ENERGY STAR certification, visit the ENERGY STAR website.
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