Green UPS receives SMaRT Gold Certification
Eaton Corporation announced the Eaton 9395 uninterruptible power system (UPS) is the first power quality product to receive a Sustainable Materials Rating Technology (SMaRT) Gold certification. This makes the 9395 the first UPS certified to contribute to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points for buildings and projects seeking LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The SMaRT Gold certified 9395 may contribute to points in two LEED Credit Categories. For the Innovation in Design Credit, projects can use SMaRT certified building materials and products that account for 2.5 percent of the total value of all building materials and products, based on cost. The 9395 can also contribute toward the Energy and Atmosphere Credit, which requires facilities demonstrate a percentage improvement in the proposed building performance rating compared with the baseline building performance rating.
The 9395 SMaRT certification resulted from Eaton’s commissioned lifecycle assessment that compared everything from the materials used in manufacturing, to energy used during construction, to costs associated with transporting the product. The study results showed that improvements in UPS efficiency play a significant role in reducing the overall environmental impact of the product.
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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.
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