Avaya’s is pleased to announce that its headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification for 2011, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.
“Avaya is pleased to accept EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Courtney Mezinis, VP for Avaya Global Real Estate. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”
Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Avaya improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its headquarters, including re-lamping with LED lighting, retrofitting of the HVAC system and installing motion sensors throughout the facility and .
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment, ” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
Further details – Site description
Avaya is headquartered at 211 Mt. Airy Road, Basking Ridge, NJ. The three-story facility was constructed in 1978, and has approximately 284,000 square feet of space, while located on approximately 10 acres of land. Avaya employs Newmark Knight Frank to provide facilities management for its headquarters along with its other facilities around the globe.
Avaya is committed to going green and considers environmental stewardship an important priority. Accordingly, the Newmark Knight Frank team has initiated many green related activities at Avaya locations, and such activities have now led to the headquarters facility achieving an Energy Star rating.
Items that were implemented in order to achieve this goal are as follows:
· Parking lights and loading dock lights were replaced with LED lighting.
· The Building Management System was upgraded.
· Motion sensors were installed in conference rooms and bathrooms.
· T-12 fluorescent tubes were replaced with more efficient T-8′s in various restrooms and building entrances.
· The roof HVAC duct insulation was replaced.
· Preventive maintenance on the cooling towers, pumps, and VFDs was improved.
· Various fixed rate per KWH contracts with energy companies were procured to reduce overall electric costs.
The Energy Star certification is an positive accomplishment, and Avaya with the help of Newmark Knight Frank, will continue to actively work on to promote the “Going Green” philosophy at Basking Ridge and beyond.
In support of this philosophy, Avaya has both an Environmental Steering Committee and a Green Core team that actively promote companywide green initiatives. One such initiative includes the tracking of its carbon and energy footprint, while working towards its carbon reduction commitment of 15% from 2009 levels by 2015, which has been a major focus at the company. Avaya’s Sustainability Officer leads this commitment thru the use of Hara’s energy and carbon management software, with results reported annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project.