Sustainability means different things to different companies and people. Here at Armstrong World Industries, we have captured what sustainability means to us in the Armstrong GreenPrint, our plan for a sustainable future.
Sustainability isn’t always easy, but we work to make steady progress against each of the elements of the GreenPrint:
Health and Well-being
Creating products that support the drive to healthy buildings.
Developing the tools and certifications our customers need to be able to fully assess our products
Creating products and partnerships to support the goal of “net zero” buildings
End of Life Recycling
Closed loop programs to reuse our products at the end of their useful life.
Our effort to reduce and eliminate our own environmental footprint throughout the world.
The Armstrong GreenPrint reinforces our commitment to improve in three important areas:
AWI Headquarters earns 2017 Energy Star for Superior use of Energy
Centrally located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, this two story 80,000 square feet glass and steel building serves as the Corporate Headquarters for Armstrong World Industries, the country’s leading manufacturer of integrated ceilings and walls system solutions.
Constructed in 1996, this building incorporates a campus-wide building automation system (BAS) and controls to maintain comfort for all interior spaces. All HVAC equipment uses CFC-free refrigeration and central boiler plant steam energy as sources for their respective space conditioning systems. The advanced HVAC system incorporates energy-efficient motors for all air handlers and pumps serving the building, along with an Energy Management Control System (EMCS) to control these motor-driven systems and space temperatures. The air handlers utilize variable speed drives to reduce energy usage during part-load and non-occupied periods. Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) using carbon dioxide (CO2) sensing is a strategy employed to control the amount of ventilation (outside) air admitted to occupied spaces. By continuously measuring indoor CO2 levels, ventilation rates are controlled to a specific cfm (cubic feet per minute) level per person based on actual workspace occupancy. Variable Air Volume (VAV) terminal boxes and controls are utilized for all heated and cooled spaces.
Occupancy sensors control space lighting as well as VAV box operation when spaces are occupied. Dual-level lighting in perimeter office spaces further minimize the use of artificial light and associated heat gains during the cooling season. Vending misers are installed on all building snack and cold drink machines, reducing the energy required to operate employee break area appliances.
AWI campus recycling reports 98% landfill diversion rate for 2017
The latest AWI campus recycling report delivered findings of a 98% landfill diversion rate in 2017, demonstrating continued dedication to reuse, recycle and reduce wherever possible.
A detailed waste audit showed that of the 72 tons of campus waste produced last year, 71 tons were diverted from landfills. This translates to 212 cubic yards free landfill space (industry term: landfill airspace). This is enough space to meet the disposal needs of a community of 296 people.
The company campus five biggest recycled materials diverted from the corporate campus were paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and cardboard.