Environmental Way
The Environmental Way

While Environmental Way will include some high-tech leading edge materials and technologies, we have avoided the unproven, and have looked for creative uses of all materials, new and old. Here are some of the technologies being utilized:

The Carrier i-Vu Energy Management System will provide total building control and management. This is the brain of our building, telling the other working parts what to do, how to do it, and when to do it. The system provides graphic displays of real-time information, multiple views of building information, customized reports, and alarms that can communicate through a desktop computer, pager, or e-mail.


Our Photo Voltaic (PV) System consists of a 9 Kilowatt rooftop system utilizing 40 – 230 watt Sunpower modules and 2 Sunpower 5000m DC to AC Inverters.

The Environmental Way benefits are listed below.  This year and for each of the next 25 years our system will ELIMINATE:

§  9,967 Pounds of coal being burned

§  80 Pounds of sulfur dioxide (a leading cause of smog)

§  32 Pounds of nitrogen oxides (a leading cause of acid rain)

§  25,593 Pounds of carbon dioxide (a leading cause of global climate change)

§  Over the life of our system, the CO eliminated is equivalent to planting 49,218 trees

This system is an “on-grid” type of system, where it is tied directly into power grid. Any excess power generated by these panels gets sold back to the power company. The estimated payback on these is two years!

Additionally we have added a Vertical Axis Wind Generator. This unit will be an “off-grid” type system where the power is stored in a bank of batteries. The batteries will then provide power for exit lighting and small appliances.

Our exterior lighting utilizes Induction Lighting. Parking area lights consist of 150W fixtures, which replaced 400W metal halide fixtures, and the wall packs on the exterior of the building consist of 100W fixtures, which replaced 250W metal halide fixtures.  Aside from the method of coupling energy into the mercury vapor, these lamps are very similar to conventional fluorescent lamps. Since an induction lamp has no electrodes, it can have a very long service life. For induction lamp systems with separate ballast, the service life can be as long as 100,000 hours, which is 11.4 years continuous operation, or 22.8 years used at night or day only. Typically operations and maintenance costs are significantly lower with induction lighting systems due to their industry average 100,000 hour life cycle and extended warranty. By replacing the existing fixtures, we have cut the energy consumption by 1/3 and maintenance costs are reduced to 1/5 because of the extended service life.

Ice thermal storage system
– This is also referred to as “Load-Shifting” where ice is made during off-peak hours in the thermal storage tank to store cold energy for use during peak hours. This translates into cheaper costs and higher efficiency.


Carrier Air-cooled Scroll Chiller (120-ton unit) - The basic components of a vapor-compression liquid chilling system include a compressor, a liquid cooler (evaporator), a condenser, a liquid refrigerant expansion or flow control device and a control center. The unit utilizes Puron® Refrigerant (R-410A), which is an environmentally friendly alternative to the R-22 freon used in a majority of systems today.

Air Quality is of utmost importance at Environmental Way. We’re utilizing Merv 13 rated air filters. The existing equipment has been cleaned and sanitized. Ventilation and humidity control is optimized for high quality indoor air quality.

Our Condensing Boiler consists of two PulsePak Hydronic Boilers. These boilers are high efficiency (up to 99%). These consume only 1A of electrical power when operating!

Our Solar Thermal System consists of two
Thermal Flat Plate Collectors and 120 Gallon Solar Storage Tank. This system should be capable of providing adequate hot water for the entire building.

Gray Water Storage
– Rain is collected from the roof and parking lot and stored for irrigation of the building grounds.

Our Kohler Wave Technology consists of low flow fixtures which allow for water savings of up to 25% or more per year as compared to standard fixtures.


This is our working laboratory that will be used to educate people about the technologies and solutions available today. Education is essential to raising awareness of energy use. This is how we are LEEDing by Example.































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