Dr. Pepper Goes LEED Gold Retrofit

Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s Plano, Texas headquarters are now LEED-Gold certified.

The extensive renovation will not only cut the building’s operating budget by 25%, but the upfront price of the retrofit will be paid back in  under a year.

The building has also earned an EPA Energy Star for cutting 3.2 million kWh of energy from 2008-2011.

In addition to offices, Dr. Pepper’s headquarters contain a research and development center, and a data center, both of which complicate energy reduction measures.

Here are some of the things that contributed to the savings:

  • Water Efficiency – water needed for landscaping irrigation was cut 50% by using water sensors
  • Energy and Atmosphere – light meters that identified  lighting efficiencies across the property resulted in saving over 2 million KWh of energy. Lights in exessively lit areas were removed, LEDs are used for exterior lighting, and lighting sensors are in common areas.
  • Sustainable Sites – converted landscapint to native plants, which reduce the need for irrigation, live longer because they are better sited, control erosion, improve pest management and provide habitat.
  • Materials Resources – invested in energy efficient equipment throughout the building, and will use EPEAT for computer purchases.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality – 100% green cleaning products are used.

Dr. Pepper also has a LEED-Silver certification for its 850,000 square foot manufacturing and distribution center in Victorville, California. Its hub-and-spoke distribution system has eliminated the need for cross-country shipping, which the company calls a game changer.

Original Article on SustainableBusiness.com





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