New sustainable manufacturing plant sets building standard


SOPREMA’s new waterproofing and sealant plant in Woodstock, Ontario, sets a new standard for sustainable manufacturing with its architecture, interior design, landscaping and engineering. By setting this standard, the plant provides an eco-conscious way of producing goods. Lemay, an architecture and design firm, created the facilities as well as a new benchmark for green building leadership in carbon and cost savings.

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The project for SOPREMA was carried out using Lemay’s award-winning Net Positive framework. The framework acted as a guide on how to create a LEED-certified facility that focuses on employee health and wellness. Making sustainability a core element of its conception, the SOPREMA plant then partook in a lifecycle assessment. Such measures gaged the plant’s capabilities over the next 60 operating years.

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The entire manufacturing plant pictured, showing its size.

The Net Positive analysis considered every detail such as positive community impact and the wellness of the surrounding environment.

A view of the sustainable manufacturing plant's glass walls.

Lemay preferred local and recycled materials for building. Also, 80% of the site’s construction waste went to recycling. The plant uses 40% less water than typical facilities and avoids 505 tons of CO2 emissions.

The brand new parking lot of Lemay's design.

As a result, the plant’s carbon footprint is 12% lower and has 11% less impact on the environment than other plants. This may not sound like a lot, but that carbon emissions reduction alone is equal to taking 153 cars off the roads. In addition, the plant achieved a LEED v4 certification from the Canada Green Building Council.

An angled view of the entrance to the plant at sunset.

Rest areas and places for workers and visitors are located throughout the site, which is over 100,000 square feet (10,000 square meters). Natural light and outdoor views reach far inside through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows and exposed office space. Lemay then retained green space outdoors with plenty of trees, a pond to control stormwater and a quad with green hybrid roof gardens.

A close-up of the plant's entrance with tall unique posts.

“This plant is not only one of the few industrial projects to have obtained the prestigious LEED v4 certification in Canada, but it also demonstrates that it is possible to create comfortable, sustainable, and inspiring industrial work environments,” says Loïc Angot, Associate and Sustainability Practice Leader at Lemay.

To learn more about Lemay’s Net Positive approach to green building, you can visit their website below.

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Images by David Boyer

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