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Green Warehouses

A green warehouse. To our ears if the green does not refer to the colour of the building it makes no sense at all. The term warehouse conjures up the image of huge, well protected sites in the more run down and ecological damaged parts of our towns and cities.

This might have been true in the past, but with climate change a pressing concern and green thinking making its way into the design main stream, reality is changing. Warehouses are becoming one of the cutting edges of designing green.

The shear size and space of the building allows for innovative solutions. Green warehouses are built on the basic principal of proactive thought and design. Many, if not most, buildings can be retro-fitted to enhance its ecological footprint. However, to change a building’s ecological footprint in the most efficient way, it needs to be approached with an integrated midset.

Aspects of a green warehouse:

  • External lighting position avoids light pollution.
  • Super air tight and insulated building envelope.
  • Recycled cement and aggregates.
  • Increase biodiversity through the use of indigenous plants.
  • Self generation of electricity can power 50% of office lighting.
  • Storm Water collection reduces of 50% water usage.
  • Visually appealing graded blue cladding to blend in with the environment.
  • Solar Panels preheat hot water for offices.
  • Ground Source Heatpump can provide 100% of heating and cooling systems for the offices.

Through the greening of warehouses industries can drastically lower the ecological footprint of their brand and have a positive influence on the immediate area of the warehouse. A growing trend is for warehouse developers to not only look at the dynamics of the building but to also restore the surrounding areas. The typical setting of a warehouse includes brownfields and developers strife to develop these. In the context of ever growing environmental consciousness, this is an indespensable market edge.