The Thomas Edison Award applauds companies for demonstrating innovative performance or transferable solutions, and the Talking Walls Award recognizes companies for systematic integration of sustainability standards into buildings and building projects.
“We are honored the USGBC NC recognized Ingersoll Rand as an innovative company that provides actionable solutions locally with our Davidson campus and globally with our Climate Commitment,” said W. Scott Tew, executive director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability (CEES) at Ingersoll Rand. “Bringing home awards in two separate categories highlights the passion and purpose our employees have to help solve pressing issues and make a lasting, positive impact on the environment in their local communities.”
The company earned the Thomas Edison Award for its bold Climate Commitment and the initiatives already underway to achieve the Commitment, including the introduction of its EcoWise portfolio of products designed to lower environmental impact with next generation refrigerants and high efficiency operation.
In September 2014, Ingersoll Rand publicly declared its Climate Commitment to achieve a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas refrigerant footprint of our products by 2020; make a $500 million investment in product-related research and development over the next five years to fund the long-term reduction of GHG emissions; and a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas footprint of our own operations by 2020.
“This accomplishment could only have been achieved with the dedication and commitment to sustainability by Ingersoll Rand and the entire team from the beginning of design and all the way through construction,” said Mark Hughes, Vice President of Choate Interior Construction Co. “Choate joins in the celebration of being recognized for these two awards. Congratulations to Ingersoll Rand and all who have been involved in the process.”
Ingersoll Rand also earned the Talking Walls Award for small commercial buildings for the retrofit of a 30-year-old building on the campus of its North American headquarters in Davidson, North Carolina. Once completed later this year, the 76,320 square foot facility will seek LEED Gold certification, yield a 29 percent energy savings and a more than 42 percent water savings.
The USGBC’s mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. Ingersoll Rand and Choate Construction are members of the USGBC.
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands — including Club Car®,
Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® — work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and
increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.
About Choate Construction Co.
As one of the largest general contractors in the Southeast, Choate Construction Company considers its Reputation as its number one asset, with future success founded upon the strength of its client relationships. Choate Construction excels in both base and interior construction with office locations in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Savannah. Choate strives to lead the industry in financially viable, functional solutions and continually invests in the tools to do so, promoting advances in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, LEED® Rating system, Safety, and Risk Mitigation. Please visit www.choateco.com for more information.