DeLaval Distribution Centre in Gallin Receives LEED Gold Certificate

“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.