St. James’s Gate Brewery receives highest certification in environmental design

Rick Fedrizzi, CEO of US Green Building Council, Colin O’ Brien, operations director, Diageo Ireland and David Cutter, President of Global Supply and Procurement

The overall energy saved in one year by the development of Brewhouse No. 4 is equivalent to the total energy consumed by the entire Irish industrial sector in one day

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Brewhouse No. 4 at St. James’s Gate has become the first major brewery in the world and the first manufacturing plant in Ireland to achieve the highest award possible in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The Platinum LEED Certification was awarded to Diageo by the CEO of the US Green Building Council Rick Fedrizzi in a ceremony held at St. James Gate on Monday, 13 April. LEED certification is the internationally recognised benchmark for green certification developed by the US Green Building Council to promote sustainability in the building and construction industry.

Brewhouse No. 4, the €169m state-of-the-art brewhouse at St. James’s Gate, which was opened last September, is the world’s largest stout brewhouse capable of producing 300,000 pints in every two hour brew.

Efficiencies and energy savings made since the opening of Brewhouse No. 4 include electricity savings  equivalent to the electricity consumption of 2,760 Houses. What’s more, 33% less thermal energy is now needed in production resulting in steam savings equivalent to 32,000 barrels of oil.

The new Brewhouse uses 14% less water to make a brew. In addition, St. James’s Gate has begun extracting and treating its own water on site,taking 500,000 m3 of demand off the Dublin City drinking water network. This is equivalent to one week of water production for the entire city.

Impressively, the overall energy saved in one year by the development of Brewhouse No. 4 equals the total energy consumed by the entire Irish industrial sector in one day.

Brewhouse No. 4 also received BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) ‘Outstanding’ –the highest BREEAM score of any industrial building in the world in 2014.

 

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