Nokia’s Jucu Factory in Romania named Global Leading Green Building

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The factory received the LEED Gold certification

Nokia’s Jucu Factory in Romania has been granted certification as one of the world’s leading green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC certification is received by buildings that set new standards in the design and construction, and only the greenest and most energy efficient buildings in the world qualify for it. The Nokia Jucu factory is only one of the numerous buildings around the world that achieve the LEED Gold rating that is also the first one in Romania to be recognized for its features. "We are extremely proud to be leading the way in creating truly sustainable buildings in our operations. It is an honor that our factory in Romania has been picked as one of the world’s most sustainable buildings and Romania’s greenest factory. This achievement demonstrates our strong commitment and investment in sustainability, efficiency and environmental quality in the way we run our daily business," said Risto Meskus, Jucu factory managing director.

The Jucu factory facility incorporates a range of innovative sustainable features including:

Recycled and locally sourced materials were used wherever possible in the construction and fit-out of the building.

Energy saving
The Jucu factory deploys a range of energy saving features including a thermal envelope around the core of the building, high efficiency glazing, reduced lighting power density, and occupancy sensors to manage heat and lighting. These features enable the building to reduce its consumption of heating energy by over 50%, and its consumption of electricity by 26%, compared to a standard building.

Water usage
By installing a range of water saving devices and systems such as flow limiters the total water consumption at the Jucu factory is over 30% less than in a standard building.

Reducing the environmental footprint of the factory was considered during both its construction and ongoing operations. Around 30% of the materials used to construct the factory were made from recycled materials, and additional supplies were sourced locally. Additionally, around half of the construction waste was reclaimed and recycled. The USGBC also recognized Nokia’s best practice waste management system, including the dedicated recycling of materials such as production waste, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metals.

Sustainable transport
Nokia encourages sustainable transport alternatives for factory employees including a shuttle system to reduce personal car use, 18 preferred parking spaces for low-emitting vehicles, and provisions for bicycle storage and showers.

Superior working environment
The factory building was designed with a range of high quality facilities to ensure employees’ comfort and wellbeing. These include lockers and storage space, excellent catering facilities, and a well equipped gym, health clinic and sauna.

Source: Eco News

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