Sabra expansion reduces energy, water use
Sabra Dipping Co. has achieved LEED gold New Construction Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council on its recently added 106,475-square-foot expansion, according to Deli Market News.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes resource efficiencies.
“We are committed to improving peoples lives, not only through product innovation, but also in social responsibility,” said Meiky Tollman, Sabra's global growth and capabilities vice president.
A first for a manufacturer in the state of Virginia, the certification commends in part that the new facility uses 44 percent less energy and 45 percent less water than a typical food processing facility, the company said. Designed and built by The Dennis Group, the facility doubles Sabra's production capacity to help keep pace with rapidly growing demand, according to a press release.
"Manufacturing, and food processing specifically, is inherently resource intensive," noted Mary Frances Stotler, director of sustainability at The Dennis Group. "Mitigating energy and water usage is not only good for the environment, but also makes sound financial sense. The pay-back period for most energy efficiency initiatives is very short."
More than 20 percent of the construction materials were sourced from recycled content, and only low and no-VOC paints and coatings were used to ensure healthy indoor air quality for the building occupants.
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