Blue by nature, green at heart


Have a nice World Environment Day!

World Environment Day takes place every year on June 5th. It’s an initiative by the United Nations aimed to raise awareness for environmental issues and encourage positive environmental action. At BAC, we celebrate this on Friday June 2nd. On this day employees around the globe take part in various environmental activities (cycling to work, cleaning up the local surroundings, learning about eco-friendly actions,…).

We want to engage every employee in a fun and original way so we can all be a part of BAC’s commitment: “Reduce our global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions with 20% by 2020.* Let’s do it together!

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* in comparison to 2014.


Cleaning up!

To litter (verb): make a place untidy with rubbish or a large number of objects left lying about.

Unfortunately this is something we encounter around the edges of our company grounds in Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium: cigarette stubs, gum, food wrappers, cans, bottles,…  In 2016 IOK Afvalbeheer (a governmental agency that regulates the waste treatment for 29 local municipalities in the area) initiated a clean-up-the-litter action. BAC liked this idea and – being the only company in the Heist industry zone to take part – send out its Green Team to take to the street with gloves and garbage bags to clean it all up.

On April 27th the second edition of this clean-up-action took place. This time some more companies in the local area joined the effort. They could come to the BAC reception to pick up there clean-up-packages, as we had been requested by IOK to take the lead here. The weather was not on our side that day, but the Green Team were not deterred and made once again sure that the BAC domain was litter-free!

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Biodiversity area at BAC

On March 16th the BAC Green Team in Heist-op-den-Berg (Belgium) started with the creation of a biodiversity area on the company’s grounds. The Green Team received practical assistance from Regionaal Landschap Rivierenland and support from Provincie Antwerpen, to design and landscape an enviroment-friendly area.
The green zone has a fruit orchard and in the near future a picnic space for BAC employees will be created. In a separate area the team planted some linden trees. Next to the existing parking lot a hedge row has been put up, and together with a revised moving policy this will provide a safe and secluded area for the insects, butterflies and bees.

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This action was reported on in the Belgian press, read more in Dutch here:
Vergroening bedrijventerrein Heist-op-den-Berg (click on the link)
Werknemers Baltimore planten zelf bedrijfsterrein aan (click on the link)


Happy World Environment Day!

June 5th has been designated by the United Nations as World Environment Day. On this day, various activities take place around the world aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues and encouraging positive environmental action. At BAC, we celebrate this on Friday June 3rd. On this day employees around the globe participate in environmental activities, from planting trees, cycling to work, cleaning up litter to educating children – a fun way to engage everyone in sustainable thinking and acting.

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BAC Receives Honorable Mention for Three AHR Expo Innovation Awards

Baltimore Aircoil Company (BAC) has been recognized with a record three honorable mentions in 2016 AHR Expo Innovation Award categories. These categories include Green Building, Cooling and Refrigeration.

In the Green Building category, the PFi Closed Circuit Cooling Tower won honorable mention by offering customers the combination of direct and indirect heat transfer enhancing thermal efficiency by 30% or more. This engineered concept increases performance while enhancing the unit’s reliability for year-round operation. The PFi has the lowest installed cost compared to other counterflow closed circuit cooling towers due to a combination of the lowest weight, fan horsepower, and smallest footprint. It also features the lowest total cost of ownership with Extreme Efficiency models (XE Models) that reduce operating costs by up to 50%. This is all with the peace of mind that each PFi is CTI-Eurovent Certified for water and glycol for guaranteed performance.

In the Cooling category, the New Series 3000 Cooling Tower won honorable mention.
In the Refrigeratin category the TrilliumSeries™ Condenser for Transcritical CO2 Applications received honorable mention.


Cradle to Cradle certificate for zinc coating.

BAC makes great effort to work with suppliers that are also committed to sustainability. The Belgian plant therefore announces with pleasure that its supplier of zinc coatings for coils, Galva Power achieved the Bronze Cradle to Cradle certificate from the American Cradle to Cradle Institute. The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard guides designers and manufacturers through a continuous product improvement process, checking five quality categories: material health, material re-utilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Galvanization protects steel structures against corrosion, making them last longer, and at the end of the service life, the steel construction can be completely recycled.