REI, a specialty outdoor retailer, has announced that its newest distribution centre, located in Goodyear, Arizona, USA has achieved LEED Platinum certification, making it the first distribution centre in the country to achieve both LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy.
The company achieved certification by implementing certain sustainable strategies and solutions throughout the building. The 2.2 megawatt solar system produces renewable energy on-site and is expected to provide the facility with 20 years of free energy and pay for itself in five years. The distribution centre features a non-evaporative cooling system that is fully powered by renewable energy.
In addition, the centre has eco-friendly building features such as conveyors that shut off when no items are present, an air conditioning system powered by solar energy, LED lights with motion sensors and strategically placed skylights, drought-tolerant landscaping with an underground drip irrigation system, and restrooms with no-water urinals and low-flush toilets. Approximately 97 per cent of all materials at the facility are recycled and less than 3 per cent of waste is sent to the landfills.
“REI worked hard to deliver a new standard for the industry that was in line with our values and commitment to sustainable operations. To create an impact that extends far beyond the co-op, we chose to open the design of the facility and our doors to the industry, not only to make it easier for other companies to build this technology into their operations, but to actively encourage them to do so,” said Rick Bingle, Vice President – Supply Chain, REI.