OD Opens New Sustainable Service Center in Canton, OH
Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.'s newest service center - located in Canton, Ohio - officially opened on October 17, 2011 and is slated to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified facility in its nationwide network. The LEED certification is developed by the U.S. Green Business Council (USGBC) and is an internationally recognized green building certification program that provides building owners with a framework to design, build and operate high performance, sustainable buildings.
To work toward LEED certification, Old Dominion employed a number of energy efficiency and water savings measures. They include a water-efficient landscape design that does not require irrigation; low-VOC paints, coatings and carpet; and a combination of increased wall and roof insulation, high-performance windows, efficient HVAC equipment, and light fixtures and controls to improve energy efficiency.
Green Building StatisticsEnergy Reduction - 19%
Water Reduction - 34%
Recyclable Materials - 39%
Carbon Footprint Reduction*243 tons CO2
43 passenger vehicles
24,700 gallons of gasoline
47 acres pine or fir forest
In addition, Old Dominion used sustainable materials in the service center's construction. Thirty-nine percent of building materials used during construction have recycled post- or pre-consumer content, and 63 percent of building materials originated and were manufactured within a 500-mile radius of the site.
Old Dominion estimates that the center will reduce energy use by 319, 511 kWh compared to a building built only to code standards, or 19.7 percent. This is equal to a carbon footprint reduction of 243 tons of CO2, or the equivalent of taking 43 passenger vehicles off the road or the electricity used by 27 homes*. The company also estimates it can achieve a 34 percent reduction in water use, saving more than 31,000 gallons of water annually. According to Old Dominion's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Greg Gantt "Many of the measures used in the design and construction of this center to achieve LEED certification are common sense solutions that will help us meet our business goals while also being responsible, environmental stewards."
*as measured by the US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator