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United Natural Foods DC Takes Energy Efficiency to the Hilt

unfiThe Chesterfield, N.H., distribution center of United Natural Foods has incorporated a variety of energy saving features, helping place it among the top 25 percent most efficient buildings in its category.

The DC uses motion-activated T8 fluorescent lighting in the main warehouse and motion-activated T-5 lighting in the repack and staging area, according to a press release.

The company also upgraded the HVAC system to improve efficiency, as well as indoor air quality.

Because of the efforts, the building was awarded the EPA’s Energy Star designation, meaning the building uses at least 35 percent less energy than a comparable building.

The 319,000 square foot facility, which serves customers in New England, New York and New Jersey, also uses a paperless order processing system, further reducing environmental impact and improving operational efficiency.

The company is in the process of building a DC in Lancaster, Texas, that will have energy saving features, according to a press release. That building should enter service later this year.

The company also has solar panels at several of its operations.

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