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General Heating and Air Conditioning
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General Heating and Air Conditioning
One of Madison's leading HVAC design, installation and service companies, General Heating and Air Conditioning has daily opportunities to play a role in improving energy efficiency in the region. With its recent decision to become a Major Partner in Green Power Tomorrow, the company took its role to a new level.

"We just built a new headquarters and because of location constraints—we built on land we already owned—we weren't able to integrate renewable energy through geothermal or solar energy," said Carol Mori, PE, LEED AP, QCP, a project engineer at General Heating and Air Conditioning. "Instead, we did the next best thing and joined Green Power Tomorrow."

The program will cut 155 tons of carbon dioxide and 105,000 pounds of coal each year and helped General Heating and Air Conditioning achieve an important goal: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) gold certification.

LEED is a third-party certification program of the U.S. Green Building Council for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. "Our standard business practices were already so close to the LEED gold standards, that we decided we should just take our efforts up a notch and try to achieve it," said Mori.

General Heating and Air Conditioning installed energy-efficient windows and doors, insulated thoroughly and put in a reflective roof to help reduce heating and cooling loads. Vapor barriers and a sealed HVAC distribution system helped ensure the building is closed up tight and maximizing its energy efficiency.

Other green measures included installation of variable frequency (speed) drives on the fan and pump motors, an energy recovery ventilation unit—which pretreats outside air before it enters the HVAC system—and energy-efficient equipment, controls and lighting.

"We used energy modeling to show what our savings would be over the course of a year, and it proved that we'd have substantial reductions, even over LEED requirements," said Mori. Other earth-conscious choices throughout the building help to save water, minimize waste and improve air quality.

"General is very committed to the community and extremely conscious of the impact our choices have on the environment," said Mori. "We're excited to do what we can to reduce our company's carbon footprint and glad to be a part of programs like Green Power Tomorrow that help us achieve those goals."
Thank you,
General Heating and Air Conditioning
, for supporting Green Power Tomorrow.

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