Construction: green buildings

Environment

Château d’Yquem underground bottling unit © Château d’Yquem

The construction industry is the world’s third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. This has led LVMH to make environmental performance a priority criteria for all its sites, whether warehouses, stores or offices. Two truly remarkable projects illustrate this policy.

Louis Vuitton’s pioneering warehouse

In 2007, Louis Vuitton opened a new international warehouse in Cergy-Pontoise, just north of Paris, dubbed “Eole”. The site is the first logistics building in France built to the demanding HQE (High Environmental Quality) standard as part of a pilot project. Eole is extremely energy efficient – resulting in 40% lower energy consumption in four years – thanks to the use of geothermal heating and  extensive use of natural daylight, coupled with the active involvement of all the site’s teams. The facility will continue to become even more energy efficient: after achieving ISO 14001 environmental certification for the warehouse in 2009, Louis Vuitton now aims to certify the site to the equivalent U.S. LEED green building standard.  Measures to further trim energy consumption at Eole include replacing conventional lighting with LEDs and installing nine solar-powered lamps at the entrance to the site. Click here to read more about Eole.

Eole © Louis Vuitton

Château d’Yquem underground bottling unit

Building an efficient, secure and eco-friendly bottling unit with minimal visual impact at a historic heritage site was a daunting challenge that Château d’Yquem  met with exemplary success. To minimize visual impact, the new storage space for the famed wine was built underground. Construction to HQE High Environmental Quality standards culminated in certification of the building. The bottling unit now enjoys very low energy consumption of just 4.16 kWh per square meter per year. This performance was achieved thanks to measures to optimize the building shell (including a thick ring of insulation made from glass beads), plus innovative installations that eliminate the need for heating and air-conditioning, and fluorescent lighting controlled by presence detectors in different zones.

© Château d’Yquem

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