Sobeys DC receives LEED silver rating

by MM&D Online Staff

MONTRÉAL, Quebec—Sobeys Québec’s automated distribution centre in Terrebonne was recently awarded the LEED silver certification rating.

“We have committed a number of years to improving the energy efficiency of our various buildings and we are lucky to be collaborating with grocers who take sustainable development to heart,” explains Daniel Côté, vice-president, distribution and logistics for Sobeys Québec. “We are extremely proud to have obtained this certification for our Terrebonne warehouse. This strengthens our network and allows us to truly impact our environment.”

The Terrebonne distribution centre is the first automated distribution centre for a grocery retailer in Quebec, and the second in Canada, following on the heels of the Sobeys distribution centre that opened in Vaughan, Ontario in 2009. Seven storeys high, its leading-edge technology increases efficiency and enables customized deliveries based on each retailer’s needs.

It benefits most notably from:

  • a reclamation system for the waste heat produced by conveyor belt motors and other automated equipment
  • a “white” roof made of recycled materials which reduces heat transfer, uses less electricity, and avoids the heat island effect
  • the maximization of natural light and use of light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, many of which are motion-activated
  • various water conservation and management features including electronic faucets

In 2010, Sobeys Québec’s distribution centre in Trois-Rivières was already the first refrigerated distribution centre in Canada to become LEED certified when it earned gold certification in addition to numerous other distinctions.

From the beginning of the project, the design and construction teams followed the process set out by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The building underwent the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System right from the start.

In order to earn LEED silver certification, the centre has been evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • ecological site design
  • efficiciency of water management
  • energy and atmosphere
  • materials and resources
  • quality of interior environments
  • innovation and design process.