Parcel Forum Includes Tour of Green DC

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—A workshop and tour of a JohnsonDiversey distribution center entitled “Greening the Logistics Process” will take place on Oct. 6 in Chicago as part of Parcel Forum 2008.

Presented by Mark Taylor, CLO for RedRoller and Vera Angelico, AIA, NCARB, and LEED-certified architect, the workshop and tour will explore the operations of the DC, which just earned LEED Gold certification.

The tour will showcase the DC’s ventilation system and fans as well as its thermoplastic polyolefin roof and extra insulation that help reduce solar heat gain within the building. Low-flow, automatic-shutoff water fixtures, waterless urinals and no landscaping irrigation resulted in a 51% savings in water for the facility. In addition, more than 70% of the 38-acre site has been restored using native and adaptive plantings.

The building also uses fluorescent, high-bay fixtures with daylight and motion-responsive controls. Combined with a high-solids floor finish and a white-painted interior, these features improve lighting quality while driving down energy costs. More than 34,000 tons of bottom ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, were reclaimed from a local landfill and used for the building’s sub-base. The facility also recycled 941 of the 964 tons of waste generated during the construction of the building.

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