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Mopar LEEDs again

by David Zatz on

FCA recently built a huge new distribution center in Romulus, Michigan, home of the Detroit area’s largest airport and Delta’s Michigan hub. The idea was to have a parts depot convenient to departing cargo flights, speeding replacement items across the globe.

The facility has won the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold award, the fourth FCA US facility to do so. The LEED system defines, measures. and validates buildings which minimize their environmental impact through site planning, water management, energy, reduced material use, and indoor environmental quality.

The Romulus PDC, as covered by Allpar earlier, opened up in late 2017; covering 500,000 square feet of land, it will ship around 45 million parts per year. The company used over 200 insulated pre-cast panels to build it, and integrated a clever air exchange system and motion-controlled LED lighting supplemented by 80 skylights.  The facility saves 58% of the electricity per square foot when compared with a normal distribution center, with natural gas cut by 69%. The energy savings could power nearly 500 houses per year.

To cut clean-water use, landscaping is watered by recycled storm water; drinking fountains have water-bottle fillers, and restroom facilities include low-flow plumbing fixtures. The result is 72% water savings, cutting a million gallons of potable water per year from the potential use (enough for nearly a hundred houses).

Mopar has 23 distribution centers in the United States, and more than 50 across the globe.

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