Whirlpool Product Development Laboratory
Creating sustainable homes of the future
For appliance maker Whirlpool, energy-conservation and sustainability has never been about "spin." It's about taking the environment into consideration in all business decisions. Working with suppliers around the world to reduce the company's carbon footprint. Making sure that good business is also good for the planet.
But it wasn't enough to have "green" corporate policies. Whirlpool wanted to create "green" appliances for consumers worldwide. Washing machines that save energy. Dishwashers that conserve water. Refrigerators that support indoor air quality. To undertake this product development task, the company needed bigger and better labs for higher levels of research, using additional staff. So they enlisted Flad to create a state-of-the-art facility in Monterrey, Mexico. With this new product testing lab, the company will devise next generation appliances that will be key components in sustainable homes of the future.
As eco-friendly as the products under development, the bright new facility capitalizes on natural light while harnessing the sun's power to heat and cool the building with brise-soleils. In the labs, work spaces promote staff interaction, collaboration, and innovation as the researchers pursue a brighter energy future.
At Whirlpool, we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. Just as we have a global
approach to our home appliance business, we believe our world's environmental issues, such as climate change,
must be addressed in a comprehensive way. This is why we continue to develop innovative projects that minimize their
impact on the environment while making consumers' lives easier.
Jeff M. FettigChairman and CEO