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Frito-Lay’s going green with its distribution centres

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.

Revolutionizing Plastic Recycling

Greetings, my name is Bo Wen, and as a Civil Engineering Student, I am interested in how modern civilization operate at both the micro and macro level, from processing of materials to construction of mega-structures.

It is sometimes easy to forget the complexity of materials when you are dealing with large structures. Plastic, being quite versatile in its material properties, can disguise itself in many forms, in every corner of the earth. It’s appearances and abilities are so impressive and practical, that we cannot spend a day without touching and using one.

Plastic Mountain

As you know, plastic, behind it’s glorious presence in our life, outside of our lives, its production and disposal are not pretty by any extend. So recycling them is a hot topic for many and a progressive agenda for some.

While it is important to recycle for the purpose of landfill diversion, do you know what it really means? Is 10% recyclable plastic a satisfactory performance for the world of recycling? It certainly isn’t comparing to the 90% rate for metal recycling.

Mike Biddle, calling himself a garbage man, is the President and founder at MBA Polymers, Inc.. He has devoted his entire life into maximizing the potential of plastic recycling. And with more plastic consumed around the world every year, the need for an efficient plastic recycling process is increasing.

As the plastic waste piled up, many first world nations started to transport them to third world nations, thus creating a string of health risks to local residents who ended up making a living off of “garbage”.

While many see plastics garbage as waste, Mike sees it as natural capital. The process of recycling is not only sustainable, it can be economically sound. Want to know how he made plastic recycling possible, check out his TedTalk below:

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If we can recycle plastic so efficiently, what else can we recycle in our life? Many. And that is what the LEED’s materials and resources credits all about — closing the loop by reduce, reuse and recycle, and Mike had definitely made the process of recycling more feasible and effective.


I hope you enjoyed the story about plastic recycling, let us know if you have any cool recycling stories!

University of Toronto EXAM CENTER – LEED Gold

I am a student studying Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. Ironically, the building in which I dread the most, is the closest to my heart.

This green hell-ish concept was designed from an old warehouse. It makes sense, all you need in an exam center are large open spaces for desks and chairs with enough room to encourage discourage cheating.


1. Re-using the entire structure when possible is not only logical and cost-saving, but also contributes to LEED points (MRc `1.1 – Building Re-use – Maintain existing Walls, Floors and Roof)

2. Electricity Reduction through the use of:

  • maximum use of natural light
  • a sophisticated lighting control system
  • high-efficiency T5 lighting fixtures
  • LED task lighting at each workstation
  • energy star appliances, computer monitors, displays and photocopiers
  • automated building controls (Direct Digital Control)

3. High SRI Rooftop made out of lightweight Concrete, keeps the building well insulated and keeps the temperature down during the summer.

4. Rainwater is collected on the rooftop, held in a cistern and then used in the toilets to reduce water use by 62%

5. Standing Bike storage is used for space efficiency.


The conventional toilet accounts for 25% of daily water use.  1.6 billion gallons (6.056× 109 liters) of water are wasted in America alone due to inefficient toilets. The amount of water we use to flush toilets per day, is more than most countries use for all their daily water processes.  In North America, we are blessed with an abundance of water, but even water is a finite resource and requires an immense amount of energy to be pumped from A to B. A leaky or inefficient toilet

So….. Why not use a little less.

A very easy step and one that earns LEED points in Water-Reduction (WE Credit 3) is High Efficiency Toilets or Dual Flush Toilets. The toilets reduce the water used per flush by 25%!

Many cities give a rebate for purchasing efficient toilets! Whether its your own home or for an upcoming LEED project, theres no reason not to use efficient toilets. The initial cost may be greater, but it is offset by a possible rebate and money is saved every year due to the reduction of water usage.


Here are some options


Now that I have introduced you to LeadingLEED?
And an idea of what Sustainability is?
The concept of meeting our NEEDS, and the NEEDS of future generations


LEED is simply a point system, or a scorecard. The more energy efficient and “green” the building is, the more points it will earn. These points are earned through meeting credit requirements in LEED and there are 6 Categories in which to earn credits.

1. Sustainable Sites (SS)

Site Selection is the first step and arguably the most important part of the green building process. Its simple, the potential environmental effects of the project, depends on where you plan to build it. LEED awards the location you’ve chosen based on items ranging from proximity to PUBLIC Transit to bike storage and showers.

2. Water Efficiency (WE)

Water, like any other resource is finite. As the global population increases, so does the demand for water to be used in human and industrial processes. LEED awards the reduction of water used in toilets as well as the Re-use of GREY WATER.

3. Energy and Atmosphere (EA)

Most credits in ALL LEED categories are aimed to indirectly reduce the need for electricity. EA is the one category whose purpose is to directly reduce energy demand. The LEED rating system rewards buildings for reducing their energy demand, increasing their energy efficiency, monitoring energy use as well as investing in  Renewable energy sources.

4. Materials and Resources (MR)

MR deals with two items, reducing WASTE which is sent to landfills and Reducing the environmental impact of a building’s materials. LEED looks at how Materials are: Selected, Disposed and Reduced. Points are awarded for materials reuse, recyclying, renewable materials and maintaining a building already on the proposed site.

5. Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

IEQ is a large section in LEED and addresses the environment INSIDE a building and how it affects the occupants inside. IEQ awards points for lighting, temperature, ventilation, indoor pollution and the amount of Daylight

6. Innovation in Design (ID)

This section of LEED awards points for inventive, sustainable and green building strategies which are beyond the scope of the LEED Rating System and not properly rewarded. There is a maximum of 6 points and having a LEED AP on the project is worth 1 POINT!





The Definition of SUSTAINABILITY

There is NO such thing as a truly sustainable building. Whenever we take from the Environment and Earth, there is no way to completely reverse our artificial alteration. However, in recent years we have been trying to attain sustainability, by essentially reducing our affect on the planet we call home.

LEED is a major step in the correct direction on humanity’s route to sustainable building and life. I am not going to bore and scare you with statistics about if we do not change our unsustainable lives THE RAPTURE will come or 2012 will occur. It is much more simple than that. The Earth possesses a limited amount of resources which WE DEPEND ON, the more we use them, the less there will be to support us.

So join me, and 130 000 other current LEED professionals and take a step towards sustainability.

Welcome to LeadingLEED

This website will be dedicated to inform everyone of the benefits  of LEED. We will explain what LEED is, who it can be used for and why it is an economical and environmentally necessity for our society. You cannot avoid the constant use of buzz words such as Building GREEN, Renewable Resources and of course the ALMIGHTY Global Warming. What you can do is educate yourself to realistically understand the threats to our planet and related mitigation strategies.

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