Dell sets global green building code for itself
The technology giant expects to save $5.8 million/year in energy costs after retrofitting facilities and setting green building standards for new company-owned sites.
Dell expects to rake in an estimated $5.8 million in annual savings as a result of energy efficiency measures, reported GreenerBuildings . New policies range from simplifying data centers to retrofitting facilities and setting green building standards for all new company-owned sites.
By the end of 2009, Dell will cut energy use globally by 48 million kWh/yr, the company said. This will be accomplished by consolidating servers and improving data center design, installing BAS at facilities, upgrading HVAC and lighting systems, installing solar window films, and setting global guidelines for site-planning, water management, energy, materials, and indoor air quality.
Earlier this year, Dell announced that it boosted its power-sourcing from renewable sources to 26% globally. The company recently completed a solar water-heating pilot at a manufacturing facility in Hortolandia, Brazil. The project is expected to save 76,000 kWh of electricity.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.