The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) in
Munich, Germany has presented Grohe with a silver certificate for
making its production site in Klaeng, Thailand one of the most sustainable production plants
of its kind in Southeast Asia.
The expansion project was
designed and directed by the architecture office OIA (Office for
Interior & Architecture Co., Ltd.) in an integrated collaboration
with the energy and climate consultancy EGS-plan (Bangkok) Co.,
Ltd. who also managed the DGNB certification process.
The factory's green credentials includes thermal insulation in the roof to
reduce long-wave radiation and improve thermal comfort inside the factory,
a space which is not air-conditioned. Grohe also applies natural ventilation
with the pressure differences between the building's supply air and
exhaust air openings giving a continuous change of air and keeping the
production room’s temperature at a comfortable level. As a result, Grohe does not need energy-intensive air conditioning.
Photovoltaic-System Reduces CO2 Emissions Photovoltaic panels are
installed on the roof of the 12,000 square meter factory building,
reducing CO2 emissions by about 1,000 tonnes per year.
waste water is biologically treated, providing it with the quality
of shower water that is re-used for irrigation and flushing.
Another sustainability feature of the production site is its green
resting areas inside and outside the plant.
comprehensively incorporates sustainability measures, including
the construction of new production plants. The DGNB silver
certificate is an impressive proof of this,” said Thomas Fuhr,
Executive Director Operations at Grohe and board member
responsible for sustainability. “The DGNB certificate acknowledges
the successful balance between the high economical, ecological,
socio-cultural and functional quality of a building. I am pleased
that our Grohe site fulfils these parameters and is now evidently
the most sustainable plant of its kind in Southeast Asia.”
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