UC Davis’ new Brewery, Winery and Food Science Facility is a certified LEED Platinum building. Its environmental features include a close connection to community services, use of a wood paneling from a recycled 1920s water aqueduct, carbon dioxide sensors in the brewery, photovoltaic panels for solar energy, and a rainwater capture and storage system.
The new building, although not massive, is one of the most complex facilities on campus. While UC Davis has many scientific laboratories, this building must accommodate the equipment for a broad range of food and beverage processing operations.
Its high environmental quality is based on special features in six categories: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, healthful indoor environment, and innovation and design processes that exceed LEED standards.
The facility is intended to be a showcase and teachable model of the best design, construction and production practices available within each industry represented in the facility. As industry practices advance in environmental sophistication, the building’s infrastructure and flexibility will provide a platform for demonstrating and continually improving best practices within each area of research.
For a complete listing of the facility’s environmentally friendly characteristics see Julianne Nola's article on What makes us LEED Platinum.