ABB goes green

22 May 2007

ABB’s low voltage products business is becoming more energy-efficient with a move to a new office fitted with its own energy saving technology. After 25 years at its Grovelands, Coventry site, the business is re-locating to a modern office facility in central Coventry.

The new office has been refurbished and fitted with ABB’s own KNX smart building controls technology, which can provide automatic control of heating, lighting blinds and other building functions. The system will enable ABB to better manage its everyday consumption levels as it changes room settings automatically, for example, reducing heating levels and turning off lights as a room is vacated.

ABB anticipates that its smart building control system will reduce energy consumption levels. It represents a step towards fulfilling ABB’s corporate drive to reduce its energy consumption worldwide by 5% by the end of 2007. It will also help ensure that the building conforms to Part L of the new building regulations.

Over 200 staff will be relocating to the site. James Haigh, general manager for the division said: “The move keeps us in Coventry which, as a central UK location, ensures we reach our distributor network rapidly.”

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