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California's first LEED Gold-certified winery

July 21, 2009
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ST. HELENA, CA — Hall Wines'' winery recently received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Gold level, making it the first in the State of California to achieve such a designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to Reuters.
More than 10 percent of the materials used to build the winery were sourced within 500 miles of the site, and more than 10 percent of construction materials were manufactured with recycled content, the story stated.
Sustainable aspects of the Napa Valley winery include: A solar roof and radiant floors that provide 35 percent of the energy needed to power the site; low-flow fixtures that reduce water consumption by 40 percent; organically farmed grapes; and tractors that use biodiesel fuel, the story noted.
According to a survey last fall conducted by Professor Robert Smiley, director of wine studies at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Davis, many wineries are wary of touting their efforts for fear of being accused of greenwashing, the story added.
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