By Nick Gilbert
The United States Green Building Council has presented the North American headquarters of Nestle Waters North America (NWNA) with an award in recognition of the installation of energy conserving features in the building.
The National Director of Real Estate and Facilities for Nestle Waters, Dennis Julio will accept the award in a formal ceremony. The NWNA was the first food and beverage company in the US to receive LEED certification for its bottling plant in the year 2003.
The building’s features which were recognised are the usage of a white roof to minimize use of heating and air conditioning, installation of low energy and highly efficient lighting system, and water fixtures with low water flows. The building has exclusive parking spaces for low-emission vehicles, recycling locations such as kitchens and coffee bars and high recycled content in countertops, furniture, ceiling tiles and carpets. NWNA already has 10 facilities that have been certified with LEED covering a total area of 3.7 million sq. ft. The company has diverted close to 22,000 tons of waste, reduced energy consumption by 1.5 million kWh, cut down on water usage by nine million gallons and carbon emissions by 2.1 million pounds.
Apart from acquiring LEED certifications, the company also supports the recycling of bottles through the usage of Extended Producer Responsibility model and conserving around 14,000 ac of land near its spring water sites.