The Gallin distribution centre, in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in northern Germany, receives the gold certification on the LEED Green Building Rating System. This achievement is based on the work within the areas of indoor and outdoor water efficiency, optimising energy performance, and regional priority credits.
"By carefully thinking through these areas when designing and building the new distribution centre together with the building owner, we managed to reduce our water consumption by 62% and energy by 43%," says John-Erik Hermanson, EVP Supply Chain.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System was developed and introduced by the United States Green Building Council in 1999. It is now a benchmark for green buildings globally.
With the new facilities, the project received additional points as the results exceeded the LEED benchmark of 45% in water use reduction. "This has been possible through the use of high-efficiency flush fixtures and non-potable water sources such as grey water," says John-Erik.
The other key focus, to optimise the energy performance, resulted in a 43% reduction after a complete energy simulation of the warehouse.
DeLaval fulfilled all requirements and earned additional points by implementing activities important to the environment where the facility is located. The facility provides alternative-fuel fuelling stations for employees, it uses a lot of open-space on-site, takes care of storm water sufficiently and it was built with material from the region to reduce transport emissions.
"I am very happy to reach such great results. This certification truly proves that being smart when designing and building facilities can make a big difference," says John-Erik.
DeLaval is a worldwide leader in milking equipment and solutions for dairy farmers, which make sustainable food production possible, warranting milk quality and animal health. Our solutions are used by millions of dairy farmers around the globe every day.
DeLaval was founded more than 135 years ago in Sweden, when the visionary Gustaf de Laval patented the cream separator. Today, DeLaval has 4,500 employees and operates in more than 100 markets. DeLaval, alongside Tetra Pak and Sidel, is part of the Tetra Laval Group. See more at www.delavalcorporate.com.