Michelin awarded LEED gold for Midwest distribution center

Michelin awarded LEED gold for Midwest distribution center

Michelin's distribution center in Wilmington, Ill., pictured here, has received a gold LEED certification.

Michelin’s Midwest distribution center in Wilmington, Ill., has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release.

The LEED rating system is recognized as a benchmark for the design and construction of high-performing buildings that meet certain important green building standards.

"Together, the team working on this project was able to find opportunities at the early stages of design for sustainability and efficiency and implement them by employing a creative approach to the facility's construction," said Pete Selleck, chairman and president, Michelin North America Inc.

The Michelin distribution center, which roughly comprises the size of 30 football fields, is a single-story warehouse that serves Michelin customers in the Midwest. The center is the largest warehouse in the RidgePort Logistics Center in Wilmington.

Some of the environmental features of the Michelin Midwest distribution center that led to the LEED gold rating include:

  • 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— Michelin's heating and cooling systems in the facility 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.
  • Recycled content— Post-consumer and pre-consumer products and material represent 30 percent of the cost of products used to construct the site. Examples of these materials included steel, concrete, drywall, carpet, doors and insulation.
  • Green power— 35 percent of the building's projected energy use for at least the next two years will come from renewable sources.
  • Alternative transportation— In a concerted effort to promote and encourage the use of bikes and low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles, Michelin and its builders reserved bike storage for 5 percent of the staff and visitors, and provided reserved parking spots for qualifying fuel saving cars.


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