Reclaimed Laverstoke Mill: a jewel in the Bacardi crown
February 2, 2015 - Bombay Sapphire, a Bacardi-owned brand, says its reclaimed distillery in Laverstoke, England, is the first distillery to win the 2014 Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) Industrial Award.
By Anthony Capkun
BREEAM—an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings—evaluated the former paper mill’s Georgian and Victorian structures, and gave the refurbished facility top marks for its low environmental impact—part of Bacardi’s “Good Spirited” global sustainability initiative, which has seen the company reduce its energy use by more than 25% and water use by 54%.
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Besides reclaiming numerous original building materials, the company installed a biomass boiler to provide energy from burning wood chips and botanicals left over from production. Crews also installed solar photovoltaic panels and a water turbine for harvesting rainwater throughout the distillery. Along the same lines, a system to reuse leftover heat generated during the gin-making process provides heat for the unique glasshouses on the premises (Photo 1), which grow many of the botanicals used in the brand’s gin.
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