Frito-Lay Distribution Center Receives First Industrial "New Construction" LEED Gold Certification in Hawaii

Dec 7, 2011 11:30 AM ET

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Plano, Texas - December 7, 2011 -  Frito-Lay's new distribution facility in Oahu, Hawaii has earned the U.S. Green Building Council LEED ® Gold certification.  The 55,000 square foot design is Hawaii's first industrial "new construction" Gold site.  LEED certification is awarded from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  LEED is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

The building design incorporated LEED requirements such as energy efficient construction.  Some features of the building and construction include:
  • energy management system to control facility equipment.

  • photovoltaics to generate 10% of the facility's electricity

  • parking on the roof to reduce the amount of site being paved

  • energy efficient windows and skylights to provide ample daylight

  • light colored paved surfaces to reduce the heat island effect

  • reserved parking for carpools and energy efficient vehicles

  • high efficiency LED lighting in the parking lot

Materials were selected for recycle content, regionally manufactured or low levels of volatile organic compounds.  Water use was reduced by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures.  Low-maintenance native plants were incorporated into the landscaping design. The design build and general contractor for the distribution center was The Haskell Company.   U.S. Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.   With a community comprised of 78 local affiliates, 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.   Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.  Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.   LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system is the preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings, 35,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED system, comprising over 5.6 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 91 countries. By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.   USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive.  Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.  For more information, visit USGBC.COM.   About Frito-Lay
Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY.  Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate Web site,, the Snack Chat blog, and on Twitter at   About PepsiCo
PepsiCo offers the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Our main businesses -- Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola -- also make hundreds of other enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $60 billion, PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment, including by conserving energy and water usage, and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support, and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit Follow PepsiCo: