3M Takes Better Buildings Challenge In-House

January 19th, 2012 by Editor

President Obama’s Better Buildings Initiative had the window film industry buzzing with interest in 2011. The 3M Company has taken that challenge in-house to make its own company more energy efficient. The initiative set a goal of improving energy-efficiency in commercial buildings by 20 percent by the year 2020.

In the spirit of the Better Building Initiative, 3M committed to reduce energy use by 25 percent in 78 of its plants, encompassing nearly 38 million square-feet of building space. In 2011, 3M has improved energy efficiency in its operations globally by 8.9 percent compared to 2010. The company also managed to save $43 million in energy costs and supported 150 employee-inspired energy projects that saved the company a total of $7.7 million.

“One of the things that we are planning to work on in the next couple of years is to provide more training to people who are leading our energy programs in our facilities,” says Steve Schultz, corporate energy manager for 3M. “We’ve done a lot to try to share information with our customers and suppliers.”

Some of the energy measures that 3M has taken to boost its efficiency include installing adjustable speed drives on motors that drive pumps within the facilities, improving the energy efficiency of air-handling systems, replacing lighting systems and utilizing waste-heat through heat recovery systems.

 “3M has cut its absolute worldwide greenhouse gas emissions by 72 percent from 1990 to 2010,” adds Tim Thornton, director of 3M Renewable Energy Division’s energy conservation business. “We are proud to take part in this challenge and to share our knowledge with others, so we can all move toward achieving this ambitious goal.”

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  1. You had my attention until you mentioned President Obama.

  2. It is so nice to see a company in the sun control business, putting their actions where their mouth is.
    Madico is another window film manufacture who has solar panels on top of its manufacturing plant and is utilizing the suns energy to help reduce the amount of energy it uses.
    Soon their will be many window film companies all over the world offering building owners energy saving audits, to make their building more energy efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    Well done to 3M we salute you.
    Leon Levy Klingshield South Africa http://www.klingshield.co.za

  3. FYI… the 3M Head Office in Pakistan does not even have basic Solar Control Film installed to help reduce heat and subsequent energy bills!!

  4. On Mian comment above,I am very surprised as the security at 3m in South Africa is worse than ”Fort Knox” . One would think that they would put reflective film on thier windows for secuity reasons.

    Perhaps Main should do a sales call on them?

    Any how 3M are not serious players in the window tinting business world wide, they have too many products to sell and cannot focus on film like we do.If you take a look at our web site you will find 350 pages of valuable information on every thing you would want to know about window film. wwwklingshield.co.za
    Leon Levy

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