The company achieved LEED Platinum certification for the 200,000-square-meter facility in Taicang, China in 2011. It’s the company’s largest distribution center in Asia.
According to the USGBC article, facility is expected to save an upwards of 4,400,000 kilowatts of power annually by using energy-efficient lighting, on-site solar heating system, and access to natural light. The center has a real-time display of energy savings.
Nike also utilized several green building techniques in constructing the facility. The company sourced the majority of materials from within 800 km of the project. Additionally, the general contractor recycled 97 percent of waste product during construction, and 50 percent of the wood products used were FCS-certified.
Materials from the plant that would otherwise be waste are shipped to a paper plant 10 km away where they are reused and recycled. The plant is also designed to reduce annual water consumption by 80 percent over baseline. Three man-made ponds onsite accumulate runoff and rain water, which irrigates plants and supplies water for the emergency sprinkler in case of fire.
In Nike’s other efforts to conserve natural resources, in 2013 Nike opened its first water-free facility, which will end the use of water and process chemicals from fabric dyeing at its Taiwanese contract manufacturer Far Eastern New Century.
The process, which Nike has dubbed ColorDry, reduces dyeing time by 40 percent, energy use by about 60 percent and the required factory footprint by 25 percent compared to traditional methods, the company says.