DAYTON, N.J. (February 6, 2012) – Somfy Systems, Inc., a global leader in the manufacturing of strong, intelligent and quiet motors for both interior and exterior window coverings, is pleased to announce that it has become a corporate member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). As a member of these organizations, both based in Washington, D.C., Somfy will be positioned to promote greater environmental sustainability by applying the principles of bioclimatic design to the commercial building market.
The U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization committed to establishing a sustainable nation through energy-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, utilizes a LEED green building certification system that rates the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Under this system, builders can obtain up to 19 LEED points by using Somfy products to reduce light pollution, improve indoor environmental quality and enhance innovation in design, energy and atmosphere.
In addition to being a member of the USGBC, Somfy has also become an allied partner of the American Institute of Architects. As an AIA member, Somfy will contribute towards their continuing education initiatives. Utilizing an AIA accredited education program, Somfy will inform architectural groups of the importance of daylight control, light balancing, dynamic insulation, and natural ventilation in the design of buildings.
“We are honored to be a corporate member of these two prestigious and important organizations,” said Somfy North America Commercial Business Leader, Tom Murphy. “At Somfy all of our products are designed with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in mind. Our joining forces with the U.S Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects is a perfect fit. I am excited for our relationship with these organizations to grow and to create successful outcomes that will benefit builders, homeowners, tenants and the environment.”
As a corporate member of both the USGBC and AIA, Somfy Systems will serve as a manufacturer of green building solutions while strengthening its relationship with the organizations and individuals who are leading the way in energy efficiency and a healthy building environment. Additionally, Somfy will continue its active role as a Greenbuild exhibitor at the 10th Annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco, CA later this year.
About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org.
About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. For more information, visit www.aia.org.
About Somfy Systems, Inc.
Somfy, the world leader in manufacturing of specialized motors and electronic controls for residential and commercial interior and exterior window covering markets, has North American headquarters located in Dayton, N.J. For more than three decades, engineers at Somfy have been designing products to motorize interior and exterior window coverings such as interior shades, wood blinds, draperies, awnings, rolling shutters, exterior solar screens, projection screens and more. Somfy motorization systems are easily integrated with security, HVAC, and lighting systems, providing total home or building automation. For more information, visit www.somfysystems.com.