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thyssenkrupp helping Kendeda Building at Georgia Tech University meet Living Building Challenge requirements


  • Material selection, LED lighting and regenerative drive part of environmentally friendly elevator system
  • Kendeda Building is set to become the first major Living Building Challenge 3.0 certified education and research facility in the Southeast


ATLANTA (November 19, 2018) – thyssenkrupp is proud to announce its energy efficient building transportation products will play a key role in helping Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design mee11t the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. The 37,000-square-foot, two-story academic building is poised to become the first LBC certified facility in Georgia as well as the first LBC certified education and research facility in the Southeast.

In September 2015, Georgia Tech and Kendeda announced plans to design and construct the first building in Georgia certified under the world’s most rigorous green-building certification standard. The entire project is funded by Kendeda through its largest grant ever – $25 million for design and construction and $5 million for support activities.

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is expected to be completed in May 2019 with LBC certification targeted by June 2020.

“thyssenkrupp takes tremendous pride in our company-wide sustainability efforts and pushing green buildings to be the most environmentally friendly they can be,” said Rich Hussey, president and CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas. “The Kendeda Building will be a landmark structure, one that other new buildings in the Southeast should seek to emulate as we all work toward a healthier future.”

thyssenkrupp has firmly distinguished itself in the world of elevator sustainability by becoming the first elevator company to retrofit existing elevators to achieve net-zero energy. thyssenkrupp Elevator was also the first elevator company to value transparency, publishing an Environmental Product Declaration as well as meeting or exceeding the most stringent industry standards, including Cradle to Cradle, the Living Building Challenge, and LEED. thyssenkrupp Elevator is also the first and only elevator company with Declare labels as well as Bronze and Platinum Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificates.

On top of that, thyssenkrupp Elevator also discloses ingredients in its cabs and entrances down to 1,000 ppm per its Health Product Declaration, all manufactured in a LEED Gold certified facility.

Last year, thyssenkrupp Elevator was recognized by BuildingGreen as a Top Product for 2018 for its net-zero energy elevator, material transparency and LEED v4 efforts that exceed all other building transportation companies.





TK Elevator

With customers in over 100 countries served by more than 50,000 employees, TK Elevator achieved sales of around €9 billion in fiscal year 2022/2023. We ensure high levels of customer service globally from our extensive network of about 1,000 locations. Over the past several decades, TK Elevator has established itself as one of the world’s leading elevator companies and became independent after separation from the thyssenkrupp group in August 2020. The company’s most important business line is the service business proudly provided by around 25,000 service technicians. The product portfolio ranges from standardized elevators for low-rise residential buildings to highly customized solutions for skyscrapers. In addition, it covers escalators, moving walks, passenger boarding bridges and stair and platform lifts. Integrated cloud-based solutions, such as the MAX platform, are delivering enhanced services. With these digital offerings, there are no longer any limits to urban mobility. TKE – move beyond.