The industry standard hand dryer, which dries hands three times faster than traditional dryers, is now in use at the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum headquarters

East Longmeadow, Mass. – The present demand for LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for building projects is so high that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has expanded significantly in recent years. As a result, they decided to build new headquarters that would embody the founding principles of the organization. Their new 22,000 square foot commercial interior earns the coveted Platinum rating.

To further the project, Excel Dryer Inc. donated their high speed, energy efficient XLERATOR® hand dryers. Unlike conventional hand dryers, which average 30 to 45 seconds of drying time, Excel Dryer’s XLERATOR hand dryer completely dries hands 3 times faster (in 10 seconds) and uses 80% less energy than conventional hand dryers. XLERATOR also delivers a 95% cost savings when compared to paper towels, is the first hand dryer to achieve GreenSpec® listing and helps facilities qualify for LEED® credits.

“The XLERATOR, with its new patented technology, was a natural choice for us,” said Katz. “We wanted dryers that would limit paper towel use and minimize energy consumption, but we also wanted them to work quickly and thoroughly. Not many hand dryers can make that claim.”

Five years after its official launch, the XLERATOR’s speed, effectiveness and proven performance have made it the new industry standard by which other hand dryers are judged. The XLERATOR is more user-friendly than recently introduced “Trough-Style” dryers and completely hands-free: there is no risk of touching a potentially unclean surface while drying hands. Unlike the newer models that require users to insert and remove their hands, the XLERATOR is intuitive and does not require instruction. Priced at less than half of the cost of trough-style models and virtually maintenance-free, the XLERATOR is easier for facility managers to install and maintain in their restrooms.

“As a USGBC member, we’re proud of the fact that the XLERATOR hand dryer helps facilities qualify for LEED credits,” said Denis Gagnon, president of Excel Dryer. “Having the dryers in place at the very organization that helps others decrease their environmental footprint is a terrific vote of confidence for our product.”

Each of the USGBC’s restrooms includes an XLERATOR as well as water-free urinals, dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets, resulting in a 40% reduction in water use.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s leading nonprofit of corporations, builders, universities, and government agencies working together to transform the built environment through green building practices. The Council developed the LEED Green Building Rating System and hosts Greenbuild, the industry’s largest annual green building conference and expo. Founded in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 10,000 member companies and organizations, and a network of over 70 local chapters, affiliates and organizing groups. For more information about the USGBC, visit or call 800-795-1747.

About Excel Dryer, Inc.

Excel Dryer, Inc. manufactures the industry’s finest quality hand dryers and hair dryers, including the ‘new industry standard’ XLERATOR hand dryer. For more than 43 years, Excel’s full line of American-made products has provided cost-effective hand dryers and hair dryers for schools, hospitals, airports, service stations, correctional facilities, restaurants, stadiums, movie theaters, health clubs, office buildings, factories, hotels and many other commercial facilities. For more information about the XLERATOR, visit or call (888) 998-7704 or 413-525-4531.