The year 2015 is fast approaching and federal agencies are required to be in full compliance with Executive Order 13423. Instated in 2007, Executive Order 13423 – Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management is all about sustainability for the future. By the year 2015, Federal Agencies are required to improve energy efficiency and utilize sustainable building design to reduce the current carbon footprint. With only three years left, federal agencies need to put plans into action. Kardex Remstar dynamic storage solutions can reduce energy requirements and minimize carbon footprint while saving time and money.
Kardex Remstar systems have a positive impact on an organizations Triple Bottom Line: people, planet and profit. The Triple Bottom line captures the essence of sustainability by measuring the impact of an organizations activities on the world. By protecting air, water, land and ecosystems, today’s generation and future generations are benefitting. Reducing the carbon footprint in any way possible has a large impact on the environment and our planet. Green living, is the only way.
Focusing on the impact on the planet, the Executive Order requires all agencies to reduce energy intensity (energy consumption per square foot of building space) by 3% annually, or 30% total, through the year 2015. The Executive Order 13423 also specifies building renovations, new construction or redesigns must reduce the carbon footprint by 15%. If these savings haven’t already taken place, consider this: 2015 is three years away, which means federal agencies must reduce energy intensity by 10% and reduce their carbon footprint by 5% per year for the next three years.
Kardex Remstar dynamic storage solutions such as Shuttle Vertical Lift Modules, Megamat Vertical Carousels and Horizontal Carousels can reclaim up to 85% of floor space that might have once housed file cabinets, tools, drawer systems, shelving and/or rack. Replacing outdated storage areas with high density automated storage solutions can free up wasted floor space allowing room for expansion. An internal expansion, or doing more work in the same amount of space, is one way to reduce the carbon footprint of a facility. Replacing traditional storage areas in new building construction with dynamic storage solutions can also reduce the carbon footprint.
Saving floor space not only reduces the carbon footprint of a facility, but can reduce the energy required in that area. In a traditional shelving storage area, the entire footprint must be heated and light. Using dynamic storage systems requires a facility to heat and light up to 85% less space translating into an energy savings. The facility now requires less light, less heat and less cooling all because of a space savings.
Kardex Remstar dynamic storage systems are all designed to bring the work to the worker to increase productivity and ergonomics. Reducing time spend walking or traveling to pick the item allows workers to be 66% more productive. Stored items are also delivered to the operator with the push of a button, eliminating searching through shelving. With this increased picking efficiency, often fewer workers are required do the work, saving time and money.
2015 is right around the corner, and with just three years left to comply with Executive Order 13423, the time to become sustainable is now. With the help of dynamic solutions from Kardex Remstar, this goal is attainable in just a short time. Reducing energy intensity and carbon footprint, organizations will see growth. The future is just around the corner and sustainable living is not only the requirement, but the trend.
Kardex Remstar, LLC, a company of the Kardex Group is a leading provider of automated storage and retrieval systems for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, offices and institutions. For information about our dynamic storage solutions, call 800-639-5805 or visit www.KardexRemstar.com.