Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New High Fashion Freight and Logistics Distribution Centre Sets the Gold (and Green) Standards

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HONG KONG – Even in a city state known for its architectural style Kerry Logistics Product Customization and Consolidation Centre (PC3) in Tai Po stands out. This purpose-built facility has already received LEED (Gold) certification, an internationally-recognized green building accreditation and now has become first industrial building in Hong Kong to be HK-BEAM (Gold) certified. The purpose built freight and logistics centre is a key component in the supply chain which Kerry provides for its customers.

With a total area of 25,700 square metres (or 277,000 square feet), PC3 is designed for international fashion and lifestyle brands, serving as a regional distribution centre where product kitting, packing/repacking, assembling, customisation and consolidation are centralised. It is also equipped with a Garment-On-Hanger (GOH) Centre – the largest facility of its kind in Hong Kong in terms of scale and capacity. The facility supports the daily replenishment of all retail stores in Hong Kong for a major multinational retail chain, covering hanging and boxed garments as well as accessories, footwear and home products.

The HK-BEAM Gold compliance, from Hong Kong-BEAM Society, signifies that the building has now been assessed to meet a high standard of environmental performance. HK-BEAM aims to assure working and living environments are healthier, of a higher quality, are more durable, efficient and environmentally sustainable whilst LEED provided the buildings owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions to enable them to collect that award.

The PC3 facility’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification was awarded by the US-based Green Building Council. The international award is a result of Kerry Logistics’ investment in green technology including features such as energy saving lighting, double-glazed windows positioned to maximize natural light, rainwater harvesting and eco-friendly paint finishes.

Other eco-friendly systems include a green roof, where grass and foliage have been planted to act as a natural insulator for the building and it also provides natural habitat for local wildlife. The garden’s grass and plants are watered using harvested rainwater. The roof space also houses solar panels and wind generators to help meet the building’s energy needs. Samuel Lau, Director of Kerry Logistics (Hong Kong) commented:

“This is a major achievement for Kerry Logistics as we are striving to improve the environmental performance of all of our facilities. It also helps us raise the standards to meet growing demand from our customers to reduce carbon footprint and embrace green technology.”

Photo: The PC3 looking like an escapee from the Matrix – see those tiny little trucks!