Wabash Transformer Provides Greener, Sustainable Power Transformers and Factory soon to Earn LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification
Wabash Transformer is committed to provide our customers with sustainable, greener products from a socially responsible facility. Industries that will benefit by using Sustainable and Greener Wabash Transformers and earn value towards LEED credits include Building Automation, HVAC-R, Lighting, Residential and Commercial Appliances, Commercial Cooking and Warming Appliances, Vending Machines, New Construction and Government Projects, Motion Control and Conveyor Systems, Commercial Refrigeration and Freezer Systems, Control Systems used in Buildings (e.g. power required for multiple sensors for water closets), Alternative Vehicle Charging Stations, Irrigations systems and many more.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating and certification system that focuses on creating greener, sustainable, net-zero energy solutions via various Knowledge Domains. Examples of knowledge domains include, Location and Transportation (LT), Sustainable Sites (SS), Water Efficiency (WE), Energy and Atmosphere (EA), Materials and Resources (MR) and Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ). Organizations involved in the definitions of standards include USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council), DOE, ASHRAE, ANSI, ISO, EPA, EnergyStar, Watersense, IESNA and ASTM.
Wabash Transformer can help our customers earn credits towards Energy and Atmosphere (EA) and, mostly, Materials and Resources (MR) credits.
Energy and Atmosphere (EA) credits may be earned by using Wabash Transformers that comply to DOE Level VI energy efficiency. This means that the power transformers should operate at an efficiency level greater than 83% and in some cases ever greater depending on the nameplate VA (wattage) rating of the transformer.
Contribution towards MR credits is accomplished by providing LCA, EPD and HPD’s. EPD’s (Environmental Product Disclosures and Optimization) will include LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) of our products. As of 2019, PCR (product category rules) have not been established for dry-type, power transformers under 5KVA. Wabash has moved forward to include a self-declaration of EPD’s which conform to ISO 14025 and includes Global Warming Potential, Ozone Depletion and Petrochemical Ozone Creation. Wabash also issues HPD (Health Product Declaration) for our supply chain, manufacturers and suppliers. HPD discloses potential health impacts, of which, we are compliant to REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) required by Europe.
When our customers use Wabash Transformer as a component into their larger systems, it is possible to earn 0.25-0.5 credits towards MR product value [total product cost ($) x product component by weight (%) x meeting sustainability criteria (%)], life-cycle impact reduction, environmental disclosure and optimization, material supply chain disclosure and optimization and, when possible, divert from landfills by recycling the steel, copper and plastic.
In addition, Wabash has included LEED Factory Certification in our strategic roadmap. We want our customers to always know that Wabash Products are being manufactured in a socially responsible factory. When possible, we source locally and use recycled content for packaging and raw materials; therefore, reducing our dependence on extraction of new raw materials.