From mmh.com: “Building an environmentally friendly distribution center isnâ€™t as difficult or as costly as you might think. Thatâ€™s according to Chris Joyce, manager of the new eastern region distribution center for the outdoor gear and clothing company REI. Joyce helped oversee the design and construction of the 525,000 square foot distribution center, which opened this fall on a 43-acre site in Bedford, Pa. REI recently announced that the facility has received the U.S. Green Building Councilâ€™s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification for new construction.
The LEED programâ€™s point-based rating system was developed in 1999 to encourage the development of sustainable buildings with low environmental impact.
Adhering to the LEED program required considerable planning upfront, says Joyce, but the actual construction was not particularly hard. REI earned points for using FSC-certified wood, hosting an on-site concrete mixing plant (rather than burning fuel to truck in the heavy concrete) and running construction equipment on bio-dieselâ€”all things Joyce characterizes as â€œreally easy.â€
A green distribution center: easier than you think