Computerworld Recognizes Other World Computing for Commitment to Environmental Responsibility

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<p><strong>Woodstock, Ill. &mdash; Feb. 19</strong><br />Other World Computing (OWC), a Mac and PC technology company, announced that IDG&#39;S <em>Computerworld </em>magazine, &ldquo;the voice of IT management,&rdquo; has selected OWC as one of the "Top Green-IT Companies for 2008" in its Feb. 18, 2008, issue and online at</p><p> <em>Computerworld </em>identified companies that are implementing smart, efficient strategies to achieve "Green IT," including reduction of energy consumption and lowering of carbon emissions.<br /><br />OWC was honored because of its newly constructed corporate headquarters building (opening on Feb. 22), designed according to Gold-Level specifications of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program. LEED is a nationally accepted voluntary building certification program that defines high-performance green buildings that are more environmentally responsible, healthier and conservation-minded structures. The new OWC headquarters is on track to be certified at the Gold LEED Level. In addition, the project&#39;s intent is to achieve the highest and most rarely awarded status of Platinum.<br /><br />The new OWC headquarters will feature green design elements and materials: water savings, materials selection, recycling and conservation, indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency. When all energy conservation elements are factored in, the new, much larger 37,000-square-foot building is expected to consume less energy resources than OWC&#39;s present 10,000-square-foot building. <br /><br />Other World Computing&#39;s corporate headquarters&rsquo; green features:<br /></p><ul><li>Geo Thermal Ground-Coupled Heat Pump System with an anticipated 50 percent energy-efficiency rating over conventional natural gas-based systems.</li><li>Fiber optic rooftop light-harvesting technology to augment office lighting with natural light.</li><li>High insulation value glass windows and exterior sunshade technology to reduce energy needed for cooling.</li><li>High insulation value materials throughout the building to reduce energy use.</li><li>"Smart" building technology, including sensors to detect and adjust for unused rooms.</li><li>Limestone substrate and permeable paving for environmentally friendly run-off water handling.</li><li>Use of Bio Swales in landscaping to promote water conservation.</li><li>Use of native plants and prairie grasses to maximize water conservation.</li><li>Long-term, ongoing conservation practices, including extensive recycling, low-impact cleaning products and facilities for employees to commute to work by bicycle.</li><li>Water conservation via waterless urinals and dual-mode toilets.</li><li>Energy/paper savings through use of high-efficiency hand driers.</li></ul><br />Energy/environmental savings through installed water filtration system, eliminating the need for delivered water and reducing staff bottled water usage by providing better than bottled water quality tap water.<br /><br />"Being able to do the right thing with this building and have a state-of-the-art facility where all of our team can be proud and take this company to its next steps was quite an opportunity," said OWC CEO Larry O&#39;Connor. "Being recognized for our efforts by <em>Computerworld </em>is very gratifying."<br /><br />"Being &#39;green&#39; is not just saying you&#39;re conscious about the environment and its challenges," said Don Tennant, editorial director at <em>Computerworld</em>. "In today&#39;s business world, it&#39;s about efficiency, power consumption and applying those green principles to smart business decision making. The companies recognized in our first Top Green-IT Computing issue have taken a serious look at how they impact the environment and how they can address those challenges with good business sense."<br />

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