Large commercial facility achieves LEED certification

February 21, 2013
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Agencies and organizations across the United States are working toward the incorporation of green energy technologies in commercial buildings. Structures used for commercial purposes consume a vast amount of energy, which is why groups like the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub (EEB Hub), based out of Philadelphia, attempt to help property owners and management companies to incorporate the use of sustainable building materials and technologies. 

One example of a commercial structure meeting the latest green construction standards is the Highland Fairview-Skechers Logistics Facility. The U.S. Green Building Council will present the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification on February 22, 2013. 

The facility measures 1.8 million square feet and is one of the largest of its kind in the nation to receive this sustainability achievement. 

"We are honored to receive this unique recognition. A LEED Gold designation is a tremendous achievement for any project. To be recognized as the largest, most advanced sustainable development of its kind in the United States is especially rewarding," said Highland Fairview President & Chief Executive Officer Iddo Benzeevi. "To achieve this level of sustainability at this scale required new and innovative approaches to design, the integration of state-of-the-art technologies and advanced construction systems. I'm proud to have been a part of bringing this national recognition to our region."

The center is used as a global logistics center for the apparel company that is best known for its sneakers. As the main North American distribution center for SKECHERS USA, corporate leaders felt it was the ideal building to be outfitted with sustainable, green energy technologies. 

"SKECHERS is committed to growing its business in a way that conserves natural resources, protects the environment and reduces waste," said David Weinberg, SKECHERS Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. "In addition to efficiently distributing our product across North America, the SKECHERS Rancho Belago facility is an outstanding example of how large corporations can grow their business while also promoting earth-friendly practices. We're proud of the design innovation and 'green' features that can be found throughout the facility." 

The building includes energy efficient technologies like storm water treatment, advanced solar power generation system, the latest in water irrigation and utilization technology and the use of parabolic skylights. By combining these features and others, the company has managed to achieve the construction of an exceptionally energy-efficient structure.