Cambridge Engineering Heats Largest LEED-Gold Industrial Building with Energy Efficient Space Heaters

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Cambridge direct gas-fired energy efficient space heating technology selected for 1.5 million-square-foot LEED-Gold certified distribution center

A leading consulting engineering firm chose Cambridge LEED-Ready heating technology to heat the largest LEED-Gold certified industrial building in the United States. The 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center was built for General Mills and is located 50 miles east of Atlanta. This project also has the distinction of being one of the largest build-to-suit distribution center projects completed in the U.S. since 2010. The facility is so big it could hold 28 football fields with room to spare. It is almost a half mile long with 8 rail docks, 150 dock doors, storage capacity for 500 trailers and can handle an unbelievable 5000 trucks per month

This green distribution center was designed to minimize its environmental footprint. It has received accolades for energy efficient features that include a network of retention ponds for onsite irrigation, a sun-reflecting roof designed to reduce cooling costs, low-flow plumbing fixtures, efficient lighting and Cambridge Blow-Thru energy efficient space heating technology.

Despite the building’s enormous size and 40 foot roof height, only seven energy efficient space heaters from Cambridge are needed to heat the entire warehouse and packing area. Other types of warehouse heating/ventilating systems were considered but the energy efficient, cost effective Cambridge Blow-Thru design was specified because this lowest-total-cost heating technology was successfully used on many previous LEED warehouse projects. The easy to install thru-wall mounting option was selected to keep the heaters off the roof and reduce the contractor’s installation costs.

Cambridge heating/ventilating equipment helped the project meet LEED-Gold requirements and obtain LEED credit points in the two categories of Energy Efficiency (EA) and Indoor Air Quality (EQ). It was reported that energy efficient Cambridge space heaters combined with efficient lighting, exhaust fans and occupant sensors account for a 50.2% energy savings over a typical large warehouse or distribution center.

About Cambridge Engineering:
Energy efficient Cambridge space heaters and make-up air heaters reduce installation costs, operating costs and improve indoor air quality for large LEED/green buildings. Building owners, national developers, property managers, consultants, engineers and contractors now specify LEED-Ready Cambridge Heaters for use in green building projects, including both new construction and rehab/retrofit projects.

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