Efficient Buildings Making A Greener World

On Wednesday, President Obama reminded us that “in America, innovation isn’t just how we change our lives. It’s how we make a living.” This rings especially true at Applied Materials as our livelihoods depend on changing lives through technology in big ways. We were encouraged to hear President Obama’s plans for the Better Buildings Initiative, focused on increasing high efficiency lighting, on-site renewable energy generation, insulation and coatings and advanced HVAC control technologies. At Applied Materials, we’re providing a map on how to get there and developing solutions in each of these categories. The President’s initiative aims to make commercial buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade, a mission Applied Materials believes we can and should surpass.

At Applied Materials, we’re paving the way by developing and adopting the technologies we need to reach the President’s goal. We’re already using energy-efficient technologies at our facilities in Texas and California. In our research labs we’re developing LED lighting solutions. We’ve transformed our parking lots and rooftops to provide us with solar power to meet our energy needs and reduce our carbon footprint. We have helped develop tools for coating sheets of glass, which help to keep the hot air out and the cool air in -- thus reducing the need for costly air conditioning. And in our innovative semiconductor research labs, we are in a relentless pursuit to develop technology to make semiconductor chips more efficient and inexpensive, paving the way for more advanced electronics for monitoring and improving the performance of energy draining HVAC systems.

Combined, these measures really work. As a company, Applied Materials uses enough green energy in the U.S. to meet more than 15% of our electricity use, and in 2009 we won a Green Power Leadership Award for our contributions to helping advance development.

Commercial buildings are one of the largest energy consumers in the U.S., accounting for 20% of all energy usage. But there’s no reason they have to be. As a leader in energy efficiency, Applied Materials is working around the world developing and scaling innovative clean technologies like LED lighting, glass coatings, batteries and solar power solutions. Applied is continuously adapting new inventions to make them practical and economical so that they can be widely adopted and contribute to a cleaner and greener world. From our own “energy innovation hub” in Santa Clara, California we will continue to develop and scale technologies to make tomorrow’s building more efficient.

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