Whirlpool Corporation's Cleveland, TN, Facility Earns LEED Gold Certification
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 4, 2013
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Whirlpool Corporation's
(NYSE: WHR) new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cleveland,
Tennessee, achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold
Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
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At this advanced facility, Whirlpool manufactures premium cooking appliances
including ranges, cooktops and wall ovens. The Cleveland facility includes a
more than 1.5 million square foot manufacturing facility, testing lab and
distribution center. As the largest cooking manufacturing facility in North
America, this Whirlpool facility features some of the most energy efficient
and technologically advanced manufacturing processes available.
"Our Cleveland, Tennessee, facility is another example of Whirlpool
Corporation's commitment to and investment in America," said Lee Utke, Sr.
Director, Global Real Estate, Whirlpool Corporation. "Receiving LEED Gold
certification for the facility is a point of pride for our employees who
believe in giving back to and protecting the environment in the communities
Whirlpool calls home."
Sustainable features and practices incorporated into the facility with partner
Gray Construction, the designer/builder, include:
oMinimized Heat Island Effects – Highly reflective roofing materials were
installed to reduce heat island effects and increase the efficiency of the
HVAC systems. High solar reflective index (SRI) concrete pavement was also
installed to minimize the heat island effect and eliminate the generation
of greenhouse gases and pollution.
oFSC Certified Wood – Wood used in the construction of the Whirlpool
facility was a level of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood.
The FSC standard incorporates many criteria that contribute to long-term
health and integrity of forest ecosystems, which include sustainable
timber harvesting, preserving wildlife habitat and biodiversity,
maintaining soil and water quality.
oUse of Low-VOC Materials – Low-volatile organic compound (VOC) materials,
paints and caulks were used. Off-gassing in the interior environment was
significantly decreased and the building surpassed the requirements for
pre-occupancy indoor air quality testing.
oLow-Flow Plumbing – To reduce the amount of water the Whirlpool project
would use, Gray installed ultra-low-flow plumbing fixtures. The water
usage is more than 40 percent less than a regular base line building and
no potable water is used for irrigation due to the process of rainwater
reuse, which helps to conserve local and regional potable water resources.
oConstruction Material Recycling – Construction waste was carefully managed
to recycle or reuse materials as much as possible; more than 20 percent of
the materials used to construct the building were recycled.
To encourage people to ride bikes, showers were installed. In an effort to
decrease vehicle emissions, seventy-two preferential parking spots have been
designated and provided for employees driving low-emitting, fuel efficient
vehicles and car poolers.
Whirlpool Corporation's sustainability strategy consists of a holistic
approach including consideration for both new and existing facilities. In
2011, Whirlpool's Clyde, Ohio, manufacturing facility piloted a real-time
metering system, Energy Online, carefully monitoring energy, water and waste.
The monitoring has allowed the company to assess critical areas of the
facility and its processes, thus identifying opportunities to create
efficiencies in operations and minimize energy consumption. This builds
awareness and a better understanding of the company's use of resources, thus
reducing greenhouse gases. The Clyde facility is the first to offer this
real-time monitoring, Whirlpool Corporation's other seven plants are able to
share data to compare best practices, lessons learned, and the ability to
forecast for greater energy efficiency.
At Whirlpool, we focus our sustainability efforts on the key areas of reducing
energy and water use, cutting emissions and waste and supporting our employees
and communities. And we apply those efforts to the broad view of the entire
appliance lifecycle, from manufacturing, to home use, to end-of-life
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading manufacturer and marketer of
major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012,
68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around
the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana,
Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names to consumers in nearly
every country around the world. Additional information about the company can
be found at http://www.whirlpoolcorp.com.
About Whirlpool Invested in America
Founded 100 years ago in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Whirlpool Corporation
employs more U.S. workers than all of our major competitors with 22,000
employees in the United States. Of the products we make, more than 80% of
products sold in U.S. are made in U.S. The company is making a more than $1
billion U.S. investment in our plants & equipment over four years (2010 –
2014), including more than $2.2 billion invested in U.S. research, development
and innovation over the same time period. In addition, more than $7.4 billion
is spent annually to operate and invest in nine U.S. manufacturing plants
employing approximately 15,000 manufacturing employees. In Cleveland, Tenn.,
we operate the world's largest premium cooking manufacturing facility in the
world and in Ohio we operate the world's largest clothes washer, dryer and
Whirlpool Corporation donates a range and ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerator
to every Habitat for Humanity home built in U.S., while Maytag Brand provides
an annual $1.5 million grant to through the Dependability Awards for the Boys
and Girls Clubs of America. Whirlpool Corporation has made more than $75
million in cash and in-kind donations to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system
providing third party verification that a building or community was designed
and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the
metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions
reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources
and sensitivity to their impacts. The LEED rating system offers four
certification levels for new construction – Certified, Silver, Gold and
Platinum. The certification was established by the U.S. Green Building
Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
SOURCE Whirlpool Corporation
Contact: Media: 269-923-7405 or Media@Whirlpool.com
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