Regional warehouse developer e-Shang Redwood (ESR) has won LEED Gold certification for its Redwood Kunshan Distribution Centre 1 in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, a burgeoning logistics hub just west of Shanghai.
The 61,851 square metre, two-storey facility won the high level certification for sustainability from the US Green Building Council less than one year after its completion in 2015, after the company demonstrated its ability to design, build and operate a modern logistics facility with minimal environmental impact.
Going Local to Build Green
The warehouse development platform, which is said to have its sights on an IPO in the coming months, leveraged a high level of regionally sourced and recycled materials in the building’s construction, as well as an energy saving design to help achieve the LEED system’s penultimate level of certification.
The non-profit Green Building Council, which was established to promote sustainable building practices, awards points to green buildings which allow them to be rates as LEED certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold or LEED Platinum, depending on the facility’s compliance with the council’s guidelines.
The facility in Kunshan Hi-Tech Development Zone also leverages a grey water system to collect and reuse rainwater and water efficient landscaping to minimise water consumption.
E-Shang Redwood Plans More Green Sheds
E-Shang Redwood won recognition last year for incorporating a solar roof capable of powering as many as 250 homes on a distribution centre it developed in Beijing. ESR, which also uses solar roofs on many of its Japanese facilities, says that it is weighing the opportunity to install a solar system on its Kunshan centre.
The Kunshan facility is already fully leased with a subsidiary of Indonesian paper conglomerate APP occupying more than 44,000 square metres of space, and the remainder rented to local third-party logistics provider XinNing Logistics.
According to a statement by the company, ESR currently has an additional five logistics projects totalling more than 470,000 square metres in China (either recently completed or still under construction), which are targeted to achieve LEED certification.