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Allianz Life HQ Earns Energy Star

The building's score puts it in the top 25% of buildings its size, the company says.

The Golden Valley, Minn. headquarters of Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America has earned an Energy Star distinction from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. Allianz achieved a score of 78 out of 100, the company says.

According to the company, it changed core operating hours from 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m; closed blinds on hot days to reduce the air conditioner’s workload; installed more energy efficient light bulbs in the buildings and parking ramp; ensured lights were switched off after hours; increased the efficiencies of our mechanical systems and building automation system; and minimized landscape and parking ramp lighting after hours and on weekends.

“Our employees are passionate advocates for our energy-saving efforts,” Allianz Life chief human resources officer Suzanne Zeller says in a statement. “We maintain energy-efficient buildings for all the right reasons: It minimizes our impact on the environment while saving money.”

Nathan Golia is senior editor of Insurance & Technology. He joined the publication in 2010 as associate editor and covers all aspects of the nexus between insurance and information technology, including mobility, distribution, core systems, customer interaction, and risk ... View Full Bio

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