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Johnson Controls Replicates Tropical Rainforest Environment
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Johnson Controls Replicates Tropical Rainforest Environment

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Johnson Controls, the global leader in delivering solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, has created a tropical rainforest environment at the new Gondwanaland hall at Zoo Leipzig, Germany.

The temperature, humidity and brightness in the 120,000 square foot home to 300 animals and 24,000 plants is monitored and controlled by an integrated building management system.

The temperature must be maintained between 68 F and 107 F and humidity levels up to 80 percent, depending if the exhibit represents Africa, Asia or South America. Data from the various building systems are collected by 15 subsystems that feed into a METASYS® building management system that can be monitored in real-time from any mobile device. In addition, the roof of the tropical has a foil covering, providing natural heating to reduce operating costs. METASYS® is integrated with a ventilation system to transfer the heat and regulate ideal temperatures to different parts of Gondwanaland.

“The building management system at Gondwanaland provides a realistic habitat for the plants and animals in the most efficient way possible,” said Felix Colsman, vice president, Service and Technology, Johnson Controls. “When building systems work together, the result is saved money, reduced energy and happy residents – regardless of the species.”

Established in 1878, Zoo Leipzig is one of the oldest in the world and home to around 850 species.

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Their 162,000 employees create quality products, services, and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Their commitment to sustainability dates back to1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through robust growth strategies and by increasing market share they are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making their annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list.











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