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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.


Hi – my name is Monica Miller and I am thyssenkrupp’s sustainable design manager and my co-workers and I spearhead our sustainable efforts in the North America. Part of my job includes meeting with architects and attending conferences to learn about the industry’s sustainability trends so we can ensure thyssenkrupp stays on the leading edge. I strongly believe that a multi-disciplinary approach is the ideal way to build well- designed sustainable projects and in this blog, I will share what I learn. My hope is to help our customers join us in taking the right actions today for a better tomorrow.

Historically, sustainability in our industry has centered on making products that reduce energy use and waste. Our efforts have resulted in a good number of buildings which are tighter and more energy efficient. So now the sustainability community is focusing on the materials used in the manufacture of our products. Because those materials can have an effect on indoor air quality and the health of the people who live, work and play in those spaces.

In fact, material transparency –or the task of disclosing the chemicals that may be in your products – has been the primary topic at nearly every green-building event I have attended for the last two years.  I’ve heard architects and toxicologists plead with manufacturers to do the right thing - dive into our product materials - disclose our information for the long-term greater good. And for us, a manufacturer of elevators - there are thousands and thousands of individual parts in an elevator  - this is a complex job.

My background in architecture has prepared me for solving complex problems with design solutions. I became a landscape architect because I love providing a design solution that meets the needs of people without sacrificing the needs of the land. In fact my favorite definition of sustainability is - meeting the needs of the present without sacrificing the needs of the future.  That’s what drew me to sustainability, the ability to look into the future and help provide solutions that solve today’s problems.

I’m excited to continue to see how thyssenkrupp will help drive the building industry to smarter, more sustainable buildings.  Stay tuned here to read about new trends in the industry and the latest news about our sustainable efforts.

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