Legrand and Herman Miller Announce Licensing Agreement for Convia Energy Management Technology

October 01, 2010

Agreement to Spur Growth of Advanced Energy and Building Performance Strategies

In a strategic move to propel energy management and building performance strategies, two industry forces—Herman Miller, Inc., a leading global provider of interior furnishings and related technologies and services, and Legrand, an innovative manufacturer of electrical and network infrastructure solutions—today announced a new licensing agreement. Extending the companies' strategic alliance, the agreement gives Legrand rights to market and further develop Herman Miller's Convia technology within the building infrastructure segment. Herman Miller will work with Legrand to continue to integrate and sell the technology within its systems furniture for the commercial interiors market.

Convia, pioneered by Herman Miller, represents an integrated energy management platform that combines ease of use with flexibility and allows for the creation of sustainable spaces that can accommodate massive amounts of change. It is the only total building energy management solution that allows users to control, meter, and change their lighting, plug-load, and HVAC systems. With control and monitoring of office plug loads, Convia offers a complete, cost-effective solution to meet strict building performance codes and standards, including the new ASHRAE 90.1 NEC Code that will require 50 percent of plugloads in new facilities to be controlled.

"Since aligning in 2009, our companies have made significant strides to improve the performance of buildings and fuel the adoption of more flexible, sustainable spaces," said John Selldorff, CEO, Legrand. "Convia offers an economical solution for both energy controls and metering and we are more confident than ever in its potential across markets and industries."

Under the new licensing agreement, Legrand and Herman Miller will have greater flexibility to focus on expanding the technology into their respective markets. Legrand will now operate the Convia business and brand as a key part of its building energy management solutions. All Convia products will be sold and commissioned through Legrand and Legrand will continue to serve and support existing Convia customers. Herman Miller will continue to sell energy efficient workstations with embedded Convia technology.

"We are thrilled Legrand sees the value of Convia as a key part of its long-term business strategy and that of the larger building infrastructure market," said Brian Walker, CEO, Herman Miller. "The breadth of the technology has allowed us to address very different markets and customers during the course of our partnership. As we consider the diverse needs of these markets and our organizations' individual core competencies, we believe we can make the biggest impact in the future acceptance of this technology by focusing on what we each know and do best."

Legrand and Herman Miller first entered into their strategic alliance with the vision of accelerating the development of advanced energy management solutions and capturing new opportunities for growth by tapping into their collective expertise, resources and networks. Over the past few years, the organizations have introduced several forward-thinking building technologies and energy management tools embraced by leading organizations including Southern California Edison; United States Green Building Council; and The Empire State Building. In Texas, The Irving Independent School District recently selected Convia technology for its Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, which is slated to be the largest "net zero" school in the country. With the help of Convia, the district expects the new school will consume roughly 50 percent less energy than similar sized schools.

Added Selldorff: "At Legrand, innovation to enhance the customer experience is at the heart of our business. This licensing agreement is the logical next step to our strategic alliance and deepens our commitment to provide an end-to-end energy control solution to our customers."

About Herman Miller
Herman Miller works for a better world around you—with inventive designs, technologies and related services that improve the human experience wherever people work, heal, learn, and live. Its curiosity, ingenuity, and design excellence create award-winning products and services, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in revenue in fiscal 2010. Innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also established Herman Miller as a recognized global company. In 2010, Herman Miller was again cited by FORTUNE as the ?Most Admired? in its industry and among the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in America, while Fast Company named Herman Miller among its 2010 "Innovation All-Stars." Herman Miller trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol MLHR.

About Legrand
Legrand is the global specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks where people live and work. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for suppliers worldwide. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of products that includes Cablofil, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper, and Wiremold. The company is actively expanding its market divisions that include Electrical Wiring Systems, Home Systems, Lighting Controls, and Commercial Datacom. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth. Legrand reported sales of $5.0 billion in 2009. The company is listed on Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the SBF120. FTSE4Good, MSCI World, and ASPI (ISIN code FR0010307819).