Glen Raven's distribution subsidiary, Tri Vantage, earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification for its environmentally conscious Consolidated Distribution Center in Mebane, N.C.
“Our commitment to obtaining LEED certification for the Mebane center is just one element of a much larger corporate commitment to sustainability in everything we do,” said Glen Raven president Allen E. Gant Jr., who heads the global company best known for its Sunbrella brand of performance fabrics.
LEED was developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council to provide building owners and operators with a framework for implementing measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED certification provides points for measures taken during construction to ensure that a building is energy-efficient and sustainable.
The 100,000-square-foot Tri Vantage Consolidated Distribution Center began operation in the fourth quarter of 2010. The center distributes more than 10,000 industrial fabrics and components to awning, marine and furniture customers nationwide.
The building’s green features are numerous, including a design that is 20 percent more energy-efficient than specified in building codes. The center features solar hot water, sensors in certain areas that turn lights on only when occupied, and high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that reduce energy consumption, increase comfort and assure air quality.
All plumbing fixtures are low-flow design; concrete rather than asphalt was used in parking areas to reduce heat gain; maintenance staff members follow green cleaning procedures; 30 percent of building materials used for construction contained recycled content; and adhesives, sealants, paints, fabrics and carpets used in the building contain low amounts of volatile organic compounds, which contributes to better air quality.
Nearly 90 percent of the construction waste was recycled.