Johnson Controls this week officially opened a new state-of-the-art research and development complex.

Located in Central Pennsylvania, United States, the testing lab is the world’s newest and most advanced engineering and testing facility for chillers.

The company's president for global products, Bill Jackson, said the lab allows Johnson Controls to deliver the most innovative and highest-quality products to the HVACR industry.

The complex includes a 250,000-square-foot testing lab and support facility, which consolidatest esting facilities from Johnson Controls’ existing Pennsylvania campus.

In addition, the complex features a 107,000-square-foot engineering office building.

The new facility complements the R&D facility in Wuxi, China, and its newly opened world-class Asia-Pacific headquarters in Shanghai, China, featuring industry-leading green and smart buildings.

“Our customers expect the best, and we will continue to deliver  the best – industry-leadingHVACR equipment, such as our new YORK YZ chiller,” Jackson said.

“This world-class facility enables us t o advance performance levelsfor customers, thanks t o more than 400 dedicated and driven employees, as well as businesspartners in the York County community.”

Other features of the new facility include:

• A testing lab that rises to 60 feet in some areas to accommoda te YORK chillers,including the new YZ chiller, and YORK air handling units (AHU).

• More than 20 labs, including air-cooled and water-cooled, acoustic, pow er electronics,compressor, air handling units and various other labs to spur innovation.

• And a train ing centre for variable refrigerant flow (VRF), chiller and other products andtechnologies.

Jacobs, a global company that served as the project architect, is seeking Leadership in Energ yand Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council forthe US complex.

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