Kentucky Eagle Inc.
In 2009, Kentucky Eagle Inc., a beverage distributor in Lexington, KY, moved into a new green facility, a 190,000-square-foot warehouse and offices built by Lexington-based Gray Construction, and now may be the first LEED-certified beer distributorship in the nation. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a designation for buildings through a points system and four levels of certification: certified, silver, gold or platinum. LEED-certified buildings must show a reduced rate of consumption that meets a specified percentage.
The new facility includes lighting on a sensor system and low- energy-consumption florescent fixtures. It also features reduced water consumption (by about 42 percent) through the use of low flow plumbing fixtures and a sprinkler system that utilizes rainwater kept in a retention pond so that no city water is needed to water the landscaping. Because recycling is also part of the LEED mix, material at the Kentucky Eagle work site, even construction debris, was recycled at rates as high as 83 percent. Kentucky Eagle President Ann McBrayer also added her own personal touches, like flooring from re-milled wood from an old tobacco barn on the construction site and countertops made with recycled beer cans.
Although the new facility is 38,000 square feet, or 25 percent, larger than Kentucky Eagles old building, the distributor has seen about a 30 percent reduction in utility bills due to its increased energy efficiency.