LEED certification extends and applies to construction projects of different industries, one of which we will explore is manufacturing industry’s distribution centres.
On November 22, 2011, Frito-Lay, opened Hawaii’s first industrial “new construction” Gold site. Some notable features include the using of photovoltaics to generate 10% of the facility’s electricity, using of light colored paved surfaces to reduce the heat island effect, high efficient LED lighting used in the parking lot, and parking on the roof to reduce the area taken by the site. In addition, materials were selected for recycle content, regionally manufactured and low levels of votile organic compounds. Also, low-maintenance native plants were incorporated into the landscaping design to promote sustainable growth of natural plants.
In additional to its Hawaii’s distribution centre, Frito-Lay also has another Gold Certified distribution centre in Rochester, New York, which opened back in 2005, similarly, it has also employed many LEED initiatives: Parking “fields” allow runoff to percolate through the ground as it is funneled into a below-grade storage basin; photovoltaic solar panels were integrated into the building envelope; Low and no off-gassing materials were used throughout the facility; Highly efficient mechanical systems and well insulated building envelope; and more than 50 per cent of the site was restored to green space.
Frito-Lay is no doubt one of the leader in industrial green building, and we hope LEED’s certification system will bring more sustainable industrial buildings to light in the future.