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Sartorius Stedim Biotech, an international equipment provider for the pharmaceutical industry, has been awarded the highest certification for ecological and sustainable building by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its facility in Yauco, Puerto Rico. According to the LEED certification system, an internationally recognized green building program, the new building was certified as "LEED Platinum."

Sartorius invested $20 million in the production building, which was officially opened in the summer of 2012, after approximately one year of construction. Covering an area of 55,000 ft2, the eco-friendly building complex provides space for two cleanrooms for filter and bag manufacture, labs, and offices.

From the beginning, ecological aspects played a role in the project; special attention was given to conserving water and energy resources. The building complex in Yauco has been designed to save approximately 85% of water consumed in comparison with conventional facilities. It uses harvested rainwater and air-handling unit condensate for cooling cleanrooms and supplying gray water to facilities, as well as for irrigation purposes. The building’s climate control technology, special building materials, and perforated metal fins and diaphanous screen walls that reduce sunlight contribute to energy savings. In addition, Sartorius Stedim Biotech covers approximately 10% of its energy needs for the new building with a photovoltaic system, which is installed on the factory roof.

Release Date: January 25, 2013
Source: Sartorius Stedim Biotech
 

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