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LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Mills River
Mills River, NC 28759
United States

LEED Platinum 2016

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is a family-owned business with more than one-thousand employees around the country, 350 of whom work at our LEED Platinum Certified Mills River, North Carolina, facility. The Mills River campus encompasses production and pilot breweries, administrative offices, wastewater purification plant, restaurant and gift store. The main facility covers three stories—two above ground and one below.

LEED Platinum certification was achieved through a detailed planning and design process, based on lessons learned from our Chico, California, facility. From the start of construction in 2012, Sierra Nevada closely adhered to LEED guidelines resulting in a site that is among the best-in-class for breweries. The construction of the building was carefully considered for both efficiency and to counter the energy and noise demands of the brewing environment. Insulated tilt-up concrete panels and energy efficient windows and doors keep temperatures stable, bring in natural light, and keep noise to a minimum.

The Mills River brewery boasts nearly 2,200 photovoltaic solar panels spread over the warehouse roof and on nine tree-like canopies in the main parking area. The brewery also uses Capstone Microturbine technology to convert methane biogas captured from the on-site wastewater treatment plant into electricity. The solar array and microturbines are capable of producing up to one megawatt of renewable power and are expected to generate 20% of the facility’s electrical needs.

A best-in-class storm water management program collects rain water runoff for use in irrigation and other non-potable water needs as well as storing and managing runoff through an elaborate system of above- and below-ground cisterns, permeable pavers, and bioswales. Runoff travels through a series of plunge pools to further clear sediment before water reenters the French Broad River.

Sierra Nevada embraces a zero waste philosophy in every facet of its operations. During construction, metal, cardboard, wood, plastic and concrete waste was collected in separate bins for reuse or recycling, resulting in 81% of all construction waste being diverted from landfill. Shortly after achieving LEED certification, the Mills River brewery was certified as a Platinum Zero Waste facility by the US Zero Waste Business Council.

The most important element of Sierra Nevada’s sustainability story is its employees. With constant education, training and encouragement, employees form the backbone of the company’s sustainability efforts and serve as ambassadors for all that we do.

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Project details
312,260 sf
27 Jun 2016
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