August 3, 2021

Levi’s plans the ‘greenest warehouse in Germany’

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It is to become the “greenest warehouse in Germany”: Together with Dutch real estate project developer Delta Development Group, denim company Levi Strauss & Co. is planning the “Positive Footprint Warehouse” logistics property, which Delta says will be the first logistics space in Germany to meet the Cradle-to-Cradle sustainability standard.

Approximately 70,000 m² in size, the project is located at the revitalized mining site in Dorsten and will serve Levi Strauss as its European distribution center from 2023 for a lease term of 20 years.

The construction, which is being planned together with the architectural firm Quadrant4, is to focus on the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) principle. This involves circular construction based on the principles of recycling, resource conservation and waste reduction, with the aim of keeping the ecological footprint as small as possible. The materials used in the construction of a property must therefore be analyzed and planned for their recyclability from production at the manufacturer to use in the building and recycling before they are installed.

Accordingly, Delta wants to design every building material in the Levi’s warehouse for recycling and record them in a materials database. Then, at the end of the building’s life cycle, a special architectural use will allow for easy separation by material type. In addition, to keep the air quality of the interior spaces at a consistently high level, only low-pollutant materials will be used.

Levi Strauss' new European warehouse opens in 2023 (rendering).

Levi Strauss’ new European warehouse opens in 2023 (rendering).

Furthermore, the warehouse will be developed on the basis of “Human Centered Design” and the concept will be based on social exchange and inspiration and will be equipped with numerous communal and green areas.

In addition to the outdoor green spaces, the property has a rooftop garden that will be used both to maintain biodiversity and as a collection point and treatment plant for the building’s internal water cycle. Through the use of renewable energy sources, the center is expected to meet a majority of its own energy needs. LEED and WELL certifications are intended to further underpin the building’s sustainability credentials. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating and certification system used to determine the sustainability performance of buildings, while WELL is considered the first and only certification system specifically focused on the health and well-being of building occupants.

“At Delta, we have been following the C2C model almost exclusively since 2003 and thus consistently focus our projects on the future of the planet. Sustainability, health and economic efficiency always form an inseparable unit,” explains Edwin Meijerink, CEO, Delta Development Group Germany.

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