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Yes, you read that right. I assert we will need to miniaturize our products’ burden on buildings while having bigger experiences and faster delivery times which requires stronger materials. 

Remember Ironman’s super-cool digital screens inside his ocean-side lair? Well today, thyssenkrupp announced that our service technicians will use HoloLens technology in its elevator service operations worldwide.

There is no getting around it. If your building is two stories or hundreds of feet, you are going to need an elevator. You have to meet the American Disabilities Act codes but what you don’t need is a complicated elevator system to travel just a few feet.

The term “smart city” can be open to interpretation. Here are a few prerequisites established a few years ago.  A smart city uses technologies to be more intelligent and efficient when using resources.

thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.


The truth can be hard to find. The further removed consumers become from knowing how things are made, grown or produced, the harder it becomes tell what is fact and fiction.  Another culprit - our access to instant information and marketing jargon that can sometimes skew opinions and even evade facts, making it hard to decipher what is true.

A great example is in the food we buy. The nutrition labeling you see on food purchased in the U.S. is the result of the Nutrition Labeling Education Act passed by Congress in 1990. The Act has changed the way we evaluate food and its ingredients.  It gives consumers the peace of mind that even though they may not know what all of the things listed on the label actually are, the producer was required to provide facts about what is actually in what we eat.

A similar change is coming to the manufacturing industry.  Designers and owners want to know more about what is in the products they are purchasing for the life of their buildings. 

What are the life cycle costs?  Are there harmful ingredients used in the manufacturing that will persist in my building?  Where was each product made?  Where were the components used to make the product sourced? 

Most manufacturers (ThyssenKrupp Elevator included), take pride in the products they produce and the people who make them.  As a manufacturer, it is in our best interest to produce products that are safe and contain nothing harmful for either our employees or our customers.  And in today’s world of instant information, manufacturers are also now being asked to prove and substantiate what is in our products.

Green building systems like the Living Building Challenge and LEED v4 (tentatively set to release Fall 2013) are leading the way in this shift towards disclosure of ingredients.  The Living Future Institute (creators of the Living Building Challenge) has created a program called Declare which allows manufacturers to submit product information and receive a “nutrition label” for their products. 

The label will state whether the product is Living Building Challenge compliant and disclose which of their “red-list” chemicals it contains.  This documentation may be difficult for many manufacturers to provide but it demonstrates a commitment to transparency and honesty now inherent in our food industry thanks to the labeling system they use.  Manufacturers know that transparency breeds trust and ThyssenKrupp Elevator is committed to and working toward doing what it takes to maintain the trust of our customers. 


Monica Miller is the Sustainable Design Manager at ThyssenKrupp Elevator. You can reach her at


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