Cereal Partners Worldwide, the Nestle-General Mills joint venture the since 1989 has produced a lot of what the world eats for breakfast, has some very green digs in which to dream up new cereal concoctions. The venture’s Innovation Centre recently became the first industrial building in Switzerland to receive LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
This technical facility in Orbe “designs and develops new platforms to drive CPW’s future growth” through product innovation, technology, packaging, and nutrition research and development.
Opened in February, the 110,000-square-foot center incorporates a number of green features, including backup steam heating generated from coffee ground waste, the use of alpine snow melt for cooling, and the on-site collection of more than 50,000 gallons of rain water annually to supply 100 percent of the water used for irrigation and sanitary installations.
In constructing the facility, the natural landscape was both preserved and restored with native landscaping (open space vegetation covers nearly three-quarters of the building’s grounds). A superior ventilation system exceeds fresh air requirements, and extensive use of natural light provides a view of the natural landscape to anyone in the building.
Energy efficient features throughout cut the building’s electricity bill by around 30 percent compared to a traditionally constructed similar building, while low-flow, water-efficient plumbing reduces water consumption by more than 65 percent.