Silver Oak Goes LEED Platinum
After a rigorous two-year process, we’re excited to share that our Oakville winery has been awarded LEED Platinum status under the Existing Buildings, Operation and Maintenance (EB:OM) rating system – the highest level of certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the first production winery in the world to earn this status.
“The goal for our Oakville winery was both to innovate and embrace proven technologies,” says Silver Oak President and CEO David R. Duncan, who led the construction of the new winery from 2006 to 2008. “Since completion, we’ve continued fine-tuning our operations to minimize our impact on natural resources. We look forward to sharing these insights with our winemaking community to support sustainable practices for the next generation.”
Last month, Sierra Nevada Brewing became the first brewery to receive LEED Platinum status for its Mills River, North Carolina facility, which David sites as an inspiration for the Oakville winery and our new Silver Oak Alexander Valley winery, currently under construction and slated to open next year.
“We’re thrilled that our work at Sierra Nevada inspired Silver Oak to seek LEED certification. Obtaining platinum status is a challenge that requires a great deal of planning and many thoughtful decisions; and we congratulate them on their achievement,” adds Sierra Nevada Brewing Founder Ken Grossman. “The beverage industry has a particularly collaborative spirit and I hope Sierra Nevada and Silver Oak can assist other companies that want to embrace sustainable practices.”
A few of the sustainable technologies and best practices incorporated to obtain LEED Platinum certification include:
· Reduced landscape irrigation by 76% by using drought tolerant plants and converting lawns to HG Fescue.
· Reduced indoor plumbing fixture water use by 26%.
· More than 35% of annual energy needs derived from solar energy.
· Establishment of sustainable purchasing policy for ongoing consumables, durable goods, office supplies and food to prioritize products that are recycled, local and certified (FSC, organic).
· Nearly 4,000 sq. ft. of fruits and vegetables planted on property.
We look forward to your next visit and sharing this exciting milestone with you first-hand.
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