DPI of Rochester -- Sustainability by Design
Sustainable Sites. “The reuse of an existing structure is the first step toward conserving materials,” he says. “DPI is located on the former Emerson Street Landfill, which, in the past, was primarily used for disposal of ash derived from the burning of municipal waste. Also, DPI’s location near major New York expressways minimizes travel distances and is centrally located to employees and clients.”
Water Efficiency. While many manufacturing businesses have taken action to conserve energy and combat rising fuel costs (DPI being one of them), few have taken measures to reduce potable water demand and reduce generation of wastewater. Stanley points out that adding ultra-high efficiency plumbing fixtures (that reduce water required for sewage conveyance), more efficient mechanical equipment and less wasteful water practices (using conventional fixtures) led to significant green improvements.
“Did you know that older, inefficient toilets are responsible for most of the water wasted in American homes and businesses?” he asks. “That’s why we decided to use low-consumption toilets. Also, when selecting a drainage system, we installed a gravity drainage system, wherein the forces of gravity handle drainage without the need for a mechanical pumping system, therefore eliminating energy consumption.”
Energy and Atmosphere. DPI has captured many of these opportunities, including installing the latest energy-efficient HVAC units equipped with air-side economizers, which use fans to draw cooler air inside without conditioning it during summer and, conversely, circulate heat generated from printing presses to help keep the facility warm in winter. The HVAC units also use high-voltage direct electrical current to reduce energy loss.
DPI’s other green energy and atmosphere initiatives range from installing metal halide and fluorescent lighting and automatic passive infrared (PIR) wall switches, to investing in motion-sensor paper towel and soap dispensers, to utilizing window tinting instead of blinds.
Materials and Resources. DPI has become a steward of the environment, consistently practicing source reduction and recycling. In addition to those initiatives, it has replaced alcohol dampening systems with aqueous solutions, employs scrap removal systems, monitors air emission, is FSC certified and uses vegetable-based inks.