Green Building Initiative Names Kuntz to Board, Enhances Green Globes Program
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SUWANEE, Ga., June 26, 2013 - Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric), America's No. 1 selling brand of ductless cooling and heating technology, announced the appointment of Mark Kuntz, vice president of marketing and engineered solutions, to the Board of Directors of the Green Building Initiative (GBI). GBI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of green building practices by promoting credible and practical green building approaches.
Kuntz has more than 20 years of experience in the utility and HVAC industries and has taken an active role in the green building movement. Kuntz is a board member of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and an active member of the Passive House Alliance - United States (PHA-US). As a licensed professional engineer, LEED® accredited professional and product strategy leader at Mitsubishi Electric, Kuntz has an understanding of GBI's Green Globes program as an end user, and as a leader at similar organizations. Green Globes recently announced the most significant upgrades to its Green Globes for New Construction (Green Globes NC) program since it first became available in the U.S. in 2006. Kuntz will leverage his industry experience, skills and expertise on behalf of GBI as it navigates a critical new phase.
According to GBI, Green Globes is a Web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an on-site assessment by a certified third-party sustainability expert. As a fast-growing alternative to LEED, Green Globes offers a streamlined and affordable way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings.
Kuntz's appointment comes on the heels of major developments to the Green Globes programs. GBI recently announced that Green Globes NC is now based on an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard: ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings, a standard developed using an ANSI-approved consensus process involving stakeholders from across the building sustainability industry. In addition, Green Globes recently received major enhancements to all seven assessment areas, including those covering Energy and Materials & Resources.
Mitsubishi Electric's involvement with Green Globes and its programs is longstanding and growing. Mitsubishi Electric's cooling and heating systems are well suited for buildings seeking Green Globes certification because of the commercial products' INVERTER compressor technology, which promotes highly energy-efficient operation. The company's new headquarters in Suwanee, Ga., completed this year, is currently in the process of certification under the Green Globes standard.
"As the first manufacturer to introduce energy-efficient ductless technology to the U.S. market more than 30 years ago, Mitsubishi Electric is a thought leader in the HVAC industry and at the forefront of energy efficiency in cooling and heating technology," said Kuntz. "With staff involved in U.S. Department of Energy working groups and membership in nearly every industry association, Mitsubishi Electric has been instrumental in crafting regulations for the HVAC industry. I look forward to continuing to develop this thought leadership as board member of GBI."
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About Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division
Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division (Mitsubishi Electric) is headquartered in Suwanee, Ga. Mitsubishi Electric is a leading marketer of ductless and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air-conditioning and heating technology in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. In 1982, Mitsubishi Electric introduced its state-of-the-art, split-ductless air conditioners and heat pumps in North America. Mitsubishi Electric expanded its product line with VRF zoning heat pump systems using INVERTER technology to offer simultaneous cooling and heating capabilities. Mitsubishi Electric also offers compressors and a full line of air-conditioning accessories. The Division's HVAC products have won numerous awards for innovation and excellence, including appliance DESIGN's 2013 Excellence in Design Bronze Award, a 2013 Top Products Award from Building Operating Management, a 2012 Product Innovation Award from Architectural Products, a 2012 Record Products Award from Architectural Record, a 2012 BuildingGreen Top-10 Products Award for ductless and VRF systems, and the 2011 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award for the Dedicated Outdoor Air System. More information is available at www.mehvac.com and at Mitsubishi Electric's blog, www.mehvac-blog.com. Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division is also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
About Green Globes®
Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an onsite assessment by a third party. Backed by excellent customer support, Green Globes offers a streamlined and affordable alternative to LEED as a way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. The program has modules supporting new construction and major renovations - Green Globes for New Construction (NC), existing buildings - Green Globes for Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings (CIEB), and Healthcare buildings - Green Globes CIEB for Healthcare. It is suitable for a wide range of buildings from offices, multi-family structures, hospitals, and institutional buildings such as courthouses, schools, and universities.
About the GBI
The Green Building Initiative is a nonprofit organization and ANSI Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches. Founded in 2004, the organization is the U.S. provider of the Green Globes and the Guiding Principles Compliance building and certification programs.
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