Research Center earns LEED Gold certification

Daikin and McQuay earned LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its Applied Development Center (ADC) located at McQuay world headquarters.

12/10/2010


Daikin and McQuay earned LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its Applied Development Center (ADC) located at McQuay world headquarters in Plymouth, Minn.

The 49,000-sq-ft (4,600-sq-meter) research center is an advanced facility for HVAC research and development. The Daikin McQuay ADC is used in the development of innovative, high-quality HVAC technologies that support the environment and provide reliable solutions for customers worldwide.

The Daikin McQuay Applied Development Center was designed and built by Mortenson Construction, Hammel, Green and Abrahamson architects and engineers, Hunt Electric and Eaton mechanical contractors. With more than 90% of the ADC’s energy generated by process loads (e.g., hot and cold water for chiller and compressor tests), energy savings are realized primarily by recovering 75% of that energy and diverting it back into the system.  Other environmental features include water-efficient landscaping, recycled construction waste, use of recycled content for interior surfaces, low-emitting sealants and locally purchased materials.

The Daikin McQuay ADC includes six test cells, with space for two additional cells in the future, that will facilitate the development of air- and water- cooled chillers, compressors and heat pumps as well as new air-conditioning systems.  Included are a worldwide range of electrical voltages/frequencies and a range of procedures for testing ambient conditions (temperature and humidity). The ADC can simulate building, electrical and climate conditions of any location throughout the world, allowing the basic design development of new products to be centrally located in the facility. These ‘global models’ are then arranged into a suitable design to match market requirements at existing regional development centers throughout the world.



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