Whirlpool Corporation, Purdue University Partner On Residential Green Building

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., May 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — An energy-inefficient, late
1920’s vintage bungalow in West Lafayette, Ind., will become a living laboratory
for appliance and resource efficiency research thanks to a combined effort by
the Whirlpool Corporation and Purdue University.

As part of corporate commitments to sustainability and advancements in the home
building and remodeling industries, Whirlpool Corporation engineers are working
with Purdue University to transform an off-campus house into a net-zero energy,
water and waste structure. Called the ReNEWW house – for Retrofitted Net-zero
Energy, Water and Waste – the structure will be renovated to include
energy-saving features, solar panels, a “gray” water system that reuses water
from sinks and showers, and other technologies that promote resource efficiency.

“Net-zero energy means that over a certain timeline, usually an entire year,
energy production equals energy consumption,” said Eckhard Groll, project
sponsor, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Office of
Professional Practice at Purdue University. “It’s going to be a super-efficient
home.”

Over the next three years, Whirlpool Corporation engineers that participate in
the Whirlpool Engineering Rotational Leadership Development (WERLD) Program and
are enrolled in the engineering graduate program at Purdue University will have
the option to live and work in the house, which Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool
Corporation is leasing from the University. After initial collection of baseline
data, such as how much energy and water the home consumes, Groll said the
students will work on converting the house into a net-zero home. Improvements
will include replacing windows, insulating and air sealing the building
envelope, installing a solar power system and a very efficient HVAC system.

Plans for the home also call for finishing the large basement into a laboratory
environment. Engineers will install an instrumentation system that monitors key
data and employ the lab and data collected to help develop a next-generation,
high-efficiency appliance suite in conjunction with Purdue University.

“The goal of this project is not only to learn more about resource
sustainability, but also to demonstrate how any home can become resource
efficient when the right kind of modifications are made,” said Bob Bergeth,
Whirlpool’s general manager of builder sales. “After we’ve compiled this
valuable research, we plan to share it with our homebuilder partners interested
in the benefits of sustainable building. The project will also provide valuable
insights which inform our engineers on future product design.”

Ron Voglewede, Whirlpool Corporation’s Global Sustainability Lead, added that
the residential remodeling sector is an area that is particularly ripe for
efficiency improvements considering that a majority of the nation’s housing
stock was built before the first energy crisis and with little regard for
resource efficiency.

“We want to focus on ways to dramatically improve the existing residential stock
in the United States, which is why the project research will stress integrated
appliance design that seamlessly increases resource efficiency,” said Voglewede.
“By creating products that perform better while significantly lowering operating
costs and environmental impacts, we’re able to give consumers more choice, not
compromises.”

Involvement in the ReNEWW House is a continuation of the sustainability efforts
that take place every day at Whirlpool Corporation, Bergeth said, noting the
company’s goal of creating both business operations and products that conserve
water, reduce energy consumption, reduce carbon intensity, minimize or eliminate
waste and facilitate the responsible, global recycling of appliances.

For more information about both sustainability practices and builder and
contract channel solutions, including how Whirlpool Corporation helps builders
nationwide grow their businesses, visit www.InsideAdvantage.com.

Inside Advantage, by Whirlpool Corporation, is designed exclusively for
professionals to facilitate the designing, building and remodeling process for
any project involving major appliances. Backed by Whirlpool Corporation’s depth
of consumer insight and supported by its strong portfolio of brands, Inside
Advantage helps designers, builders and remodelers create more livable spaces.
Sales support materials and logistical services are readily available to Inside
Advantage members.

About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world’s leading global manufacturer and marketer of
major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2013,
69,000 employees and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers around the
world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names. Additional information
about the company can be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.

SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation

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