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Site Development

In recent years winemakers have begun to implement sustainable winemaking practices that translate into tangible economic savings.  Sustainable Site Development/Winery Design is one of the practices we can use to foster environmental stewardship.  According to the U.S. Green Building Council, in the U.S. buildings account for: 

65% of electricity consumption
30% of greenhouse gas emissions
30% of raw materials use
30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
12% of potable water consumption

Sustainable site development works to reduce the percentages of these items.  It relies on a system of balanced components designed specifically to reduce energy consumption and reduce the use of natural resources while improving working environments.  Using sustainable principles in the design and operation of your winery can return greater profits because of reduced operating costs and lower energy bills.  For example, introducing natural light into winery work areas can reduce lighting watts by as much as 66% in those spaces.  As a side benefit, sustainable wineries offer their employees a healthier working environment that can result in higher productivity, less absenteeism, and increased retail sales.

Winerywise provides evaluation tools to help you determine what you need to know about your winery's site development and winery design using the following sustainable practices:  

  • Sustainable Site Selection and Design
  • Sustainable Building Design
  • Sustainable Material Selection
  • Enhanced Sustainable Achievement


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