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Whirlpool Corporation's Cleveland, TN, Facility Earns LEED Gold Certification

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whirlpool Corporation's (NYSE: WHR) new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tennessee, achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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At this advanced facility, Whirlpool manufactures premium cooking appliances including ranges, cooktops and wall ovens. The Cleveland facility includes a more than 1.5 million square foot manufacturing facility, testing lab and distribution center.  As the largest cooking manufacturing facility in North America, this Whirlpool facility features some of the most energy efficient and technologically advanced manufacturing processes available.

"Our Cleveland, Tennessee, facility is another example of Whirlpool Corporation's commitment to and investment in America," said Lee Utke, Sr. Director, Global Real Estate, Whirlpool Corporation. "Receiving LEED Gold certification for the facility is a point of pride for our employees who believe in giving back to and protecting the environment in the communities Whirlpool calls home."

Sustainable features and practices incorporated into the facility with partner Gray Construction, the designer/builder, include:
  • Minimized Heat Island Effects – Highly reflective roofing materials were installed to reduce heat island effects and increase the efficiency of the HVAC systems. High solar reflective index (SRI) concrete pavement was also installed to minimize the heat island effect and eliminate the generation of greenhouse gases and pollution.
  • FSC Certified Wood – Wood used in the construction of the Whirlpool facility was a level of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood. The FSC standard incorporates many criteria that contribute to long-term health and integrity of forest ecosystems, which include sustainable timber harvesting, preserving wildlife habitat and biodiversity, maintaining soil and water quality.
  • Use of Low-VOC Materials – Low-volatile organic compound (VOC) materials, paints and caulks were used. Off-gassing in the interior environment was significantly decreased and the building surpassed the requirements for pre-occupancy indoor air quality testing.
  • Low-Flow Plumbing – To reduce the amount of water the Whirlpool project would use, Gray installed ultra-low-flow plumbing fixtures. The water usage is more than 40 percent less than a regular base line building and no potable water is used for irrigation due to the process of rainwater reuse, which helps to conserve local and regional potable water resources.
  • Construction Material Recycling – Construction waste was carefully managed to recycle or reuse materials as much as possible; more than 20 percent of the materials used to construct the building were recycled. 

To encourage people to ride bikes, showers were installed. In an effort to decrease vehicle emissions, seventy-two preferential parking spots have been designated and provided for employees driving low-emitting, fuel efficient vehicles and car poolers.

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