WILMINGTON, Ill. (Dec. 16, 2016) — The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Michelin North America Inc.'s Midwest Distribution Center in Wilmington its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is recognized as a benchmark for the design and construction of high-performing buildings that meet certain important green building standards, Michelin said.
The leased 1.7 million-sq.-ft. single-story distribution center, which opened in 2014, serves Michelin customers throughout the Midwest region, Michelin said.
Among the facility's green features cited by Green Building Council were:
- Optimized energy performance — The facility is projected to be 59 percent above a baseline energy model, with interior and exterior LED lighting contributing to much of the energy savings.
- Minimizing ozone depletion — The heating and cooling systems do not use CFC-based refrigerants, HCFCs or halons.
- Construction waste management — More than 92 percent of the building's construction debris was diverted from local landfills and recycled into new products.
- Water use reduction — The Michelin warehouse is able to achieve significant water savings through the installation of efficient plumbing fixtures for the toilets, showers and all sink faucets, all of which saves 44 percent of the facility's water when compared to the LEEDv3 water baseline. In addition, native and adaptive plants were selected for the outside landscaping, which eliminated the need for a permanent irrigation system.