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At the Harvey Norman site the elevator installed is at the forefront of environmentally sustainable design

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When we think environmentally friendly building practices, elevators and escalators don't necessarily jump immediately to mind. And yet, green advances in these technologies match those in other industry fields.

At the Harvey Norman site the elevator installed is at the forefront of environmentally sustainable design, says Michael Jennings, Wellington branch manager for Otis Elevator Company.

"Otis Gen2 elevators are a next-generation system that makes use of polyurethane-coated belts, instead of the conventional steel ropes, minimising noise levels and reducing vibrations."

These latest elevators also feature a compact, gearless, permanent-magnet synchronous motor. What this means is the motor consumes less energy to produce a more efficient and comfortable ride. The parts don't require lubrication, adding to the environmentally friendly aspect.

"Coupled to this system is the Otis regenerative drive," says Jennings. "The regenerative drive feeds previously dissipated energy back into the building's internal electrical utility, where it can be used by other users connected to the same network."

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The company also installed six 506 NCE escalators in the complex. Distinguished by its modular design and host of safety features, the 506 NCE escalator is specifically designed for commercial applications.

For further details, contact Otis Elevator Company, 108 Hutt Rd, Kaiwharawhara, Wellington, phone (04) 499 2368, fax (04) 499 2367. Website:www.otis.com .

First published date: 22 June 2007

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