California's First LEED® Gold Certified Winery
The HALL St. Helena LEED certified winery is one of the most advanced wineries in California, with state-of-the-art facilities designed for ultra-premium wine production. LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures a building or community’s performance across all environmental metrics including energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Owner, Kathryn Hall; President, Mike Reynolds; and Architect,
Jarrod Denton discuss the LEED Certification Process at HALL
What Is LEED?
LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
To meet the precise requirements to become LEED Gold certified, HALL has included many sustainable design elements and practices including:
• Radiant Floors — Radiant flooring allows HALL to control the facility’s temperature while conserving energy. This technology, accomplished by running cold or warm water through the floor slab, provides an energy efficient and stable storage and production environment.
• Solar Energy — The sun provides more than thirty five percent of the energy needed to power HALL St. Helena. Solar photovoltaic cells (solar panels) on the roof tops of the barrel cellar and fermentation building convert sunlight directly into electricity. Approximately 42,000 square feet of solar panels span the St. Helena winery roofs.
• Local Building Materials — More than ten percent of materials used to build the facility were extracted, harvested, or recovered, as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site.
• Recycled Building Materials — More than ten percent of the materials used were made with recycled content.
• Water Conservation — Drought tolerant plant species were selected for the winery landscaping which will reduce the demand for irrigation by more than fifty percent. In conjunction with this, all of the landscaping and vineyards are irrigated with recycled water. A forty percent reduction of building water has also been achieved through the use of low-flow water outlets without compromising performance.