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Sustainable Door System Demonstration

Sustainable Door System Demonstration

Demonstration Overview

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations and Environment) (OASD (EI&E)) and the National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE) are demonstrating a sustainable door system at Department of Defense (DoD) Installations.  

Conventional building doors for both interior and exterior door applications are sources of energy loss due to air leaks and low insulation properties.  In addition, conventional doors with entry control system and automated door openers are not energy efficient.  A sustainable door system was identified that provides energy savings from both insulating properties and electrical power consumption.  

Before sustainable products such as this door system are utilized by the Military Departments and DoD Components, their performance must be proven to meet DoD requirements.  The objective of this demonstration is to evaluate the effectiveness of the sustainable door system through pilot demonstrations in DoD operational environments.  The demonstration of the sustainable door system allows DoD end-users to determine, through firsthand experience, if the products meet their requirements for use.

Technology Description

DoD installations expressed interest in evaluating the ASSA ABLOY Door System as a sustainable alternative technology to conventional building doors for both interior and exterior door applications.  The ASSA ABLOY Door System is constructed of recycled content materials and provides energy savings from both insulating properties and electrical power consumption.  ASSA ABLOY door systems are designed to meet building requirements, have a long life and are manufactured with minimal use of resources and environmental impact during their life cycle.  The door system components are evaluated from a life cycle perspective and save energy as a result of improved insulation and intelligent control of various door opening solutions.  ASSA ABLOY is a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC)., Canadian Green Building Council, The Global Compact, International Living Future Institute, Carbon Disclosure Project, Global Reporting Initiative, and the Health Product Declaration Collaborative.

Sustainable door systems provide both performance and environmental benefits including:

  • Reduced thermal heat transmission
  • Reduced drafts and air seepage
  • Reduction in electrical usage
  • Reduced sound/noise transmission
  • Increased use of recycled content and sustainable materials
  • Reduced VOC off-gassing
  • Contribution to building LEED ratings 
  • Enhanced security and access control
  • Reliable and consistent door closer and locking

Demonstration Sites

Demonstrations of the sustainable door system are underway or planned for the following DoD installations:

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
  • Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) 
  • Fort Bragg
  • Marine Corps Base Quantico

Demonstration Details

Overall performance criteria were established to validate the ASSA ABLOY sustainable door system for use by DoD.  These performance criteria allow the evaluation of the door system to DoD requirements.  The following key performance criteria were identified:

  • The ASSA ABLOY sustainable door system functionality must be comparable or better than the baseline door.
    • Door operation
    • Component durability
    • Access control and security
  • The ASSA ABLOY sustainable door system must provide reduced heat transmission and drafts/air seepage compared to the baseline door.
    • Heat transmission
    • Air drafts/seepage
  • The ASSA ABLOY sustainable door system must provide reduced electrical power usage compared to the baseline door.
    • Electrical load
  • The ASSA ABLOY sustainable door system must be compatible with existing building security and access control systems.’
    • Integration with existing building access control system
    • Integration with existing building security system

A demonstration plan was developed to provide an overview of the demonstration sites and summarize the selection of demonstration door openings and requirements, the identification of key performance criteria, and the selection of demonstration door system components.  This plan also specifies the demonstration activities to be performed, data to be collected, data analysis methods, and roles and responsibilities of demonstration participants and stakeholders.

The ASSA ABLOY door systems are installed at each demonstration door location by ASSA ABLOY installers in coordination with installation facilities personnel.  The door locking hardware accommodates the existing keying system.  ASSA ABLOY installs new energy efficient power supplies for electrified hardware as required and runs low voltage cabling from the power supply to the electrified hinge and to locking hardware.  Demonstration feedback and data is collected and analyzed to evaluate the demonstration products against the key performance criteria.

The following energy savings for the door systems selected for demonstration at Fort Bragg and JBSA were calculated by ASSA ABLOY and third-party certified by GreenCircle Certified, LLC. ASSA ABLOY Door Group (AADG) energy efficient doors were compared to AADG doors equivalent to the existing non energy efficient doors at the demonstration sites:

 
Door
Location
ASSA ABBLOY
Energy Efficient Doors
Existing Door
Condition
Energy
Savings
(kWh/year)
Energy
Savings
(MBTU/year)
Energy
Savings
Est Financial
Savings: EIA
AVG Retail
Rate at the
State Level
(USD per Year)
Est Financial
Savings:
Gov Rate of
Electricity
(USD per Year)
Fort Bragg, NC $0.06/kWh
Bldg C8129
Brigade Motor
Pool 82d
Airborne Div
Trio-E flush in a kerfed frame 18 ga honeycomb core in
a standard frame threshold;
no door seal
1,612.12 5,500.78 70.00% $151.06 $96.73
Bldg C8030
Brigade
Motor Pool 82
Airborne Div
Trio-E flush in a kerfed frame 18 ga honeycomb core in
a standard frame threshold;
no door seal
1,612.12 5,500.78 70.00% $151.06 $96.73
Bldg 5624
Brigade Motor
Trio-E flush; C5624 Stairwell
Door frame not changed
since it was masonry filled
(modeled as a standard frame)
18 ga honeycomb core
in a masonry filled frame
(modeled as a standard
frame) threshold;no door seal
1,570.66 5,359.31 68.00% $147.17 $94.24
Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) $0.076/kWh
CES HQ
Building
Employee Side
Entrance Door
#104
3'0" x 7'0" Trio-E
777E Curries/Ceco Door
Energy Efficient Steel
Stiffened Door with
(8" x 30" glass), 5 ¾
Mercury Thermal Break
Frame - Curries, Ceco Door
and Pemko Thermal Barrier
Saddle
18 ga Polystyrene Core
Hollow Metal Door +
Standard Hollow Metal
Masonry Frame valued
in full glass (lower rated glass)
1,589.23 5,422.68 66.00% $138.26 $121.17
CES HQ
Building
Employee Side
Entrance Door
#205
3'0" x 7'0" Trio- E
777E Curries/Ceco Door
Energy Efficient Steel
Stiffened Door with
(24" x 30" glass), 5 ¾
Mercury Thermal Break
Frame - Curries, Ceco Door
and Pemko Thermal Barrier
Saddle
18 ga Polystyrene Core
Hollow Metal Door +
Standard Hollow Metal
Masonry Frame OR KERF
Frame valued in full glass
with good gasketing
1,567.09 5,347.13 65.00% $136.34 $119.48