Hall Wines St. Helena Earns LEED Gold Certification

Hall Wines announces LEED Gold certification for their St. Helena facility. Photo courtesy: Hall Wines

Hall Wines announces LEED Gold certification for their St. Helena facility. Photo courtesy: Hall Wines

You’re out to dinner with friends, ready to order a glass of wine with your meal. You look over the wine list, considering your options: White or red? Dry or sweet? Domestic or imported? Organically grown or not? And on and on… But it’s a good bet that you never stop to wonder whether the wine you will choose was produced with energy-savings in mind. For most of us, energy savings don’t spring readily to mind when we’re sitting in a restaurant. But starting today, there’s another factor to consider when choosing a wine. — Julia Wasson, Publisher

HALL Wines announced today that its St. Helena winery is the first in California to receive the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold Certification.

LEED certification measures all environmental metrics for a building or a community, including indoor air quality, water efficiency, energy savings, reductions in CO2 emissions, resource stewardship, and sensitivity to environmental impacts.

“The certification of HALL Wines not only marks a momentous occasion for the wine industry of California, but demonstrates how all industries can choose to be solvers of our collective environmental challenges,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The HALL Wines project efficiently uses natural resources, makes an immediate positive impact on our planet and as a business leader, can expect to reap financial benefits over the lifecycle of the building.”

Kathryn Hall, owner and vintner of HALL Wines, and President Mike Reynolds have made it their long-term mission to become the leader in earth-friendly California wine growing. Accordingly, they designed the new HALL St. Helena facility to meet the rigorous standards of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification system.

To become Gold LEED certified, HALL has incorporated many sustainable design elements and practices in their new, state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • Radiant Floors – By using radiant flooring, HALL precisely controls the facility’s temperature while conserving energy. The wine-making team specifies the exact temperature needed, then cold or warm water is pumped through tubing within the floor slab, to create an energy-efficient and stable storage and production environment.

    Grapes go into the hopper in an outdoor area of the Hall Wines St. Helena facility. Photo courtesy: Hall Wines

    Grapes go into the hopper in an outdoor area of the Hall Wines St. Helena facility. Photo courtesy: Hall Wines

  • Solar Energy – More than 35 percent of the electricity needed to power HALL St. Helena comes directly from the sun using solar photovoltaic cells (solar panels) on the rooftops of the barrel cellar and fermentation building. Approximately 42,000 square feet of solar panels span the St. Helena winery roofs.
  • Local Building Materials – To reduce the CO2 generated in materials transportation, more than 10 percent of the building materials were extracted, harvested, recovered, or manufactured within 500 miles of the project site.
  • Recycled Building Materials – More than 10 percent of the materials used were made with recycled content.
  • Water Conservation – Drought-tolerant plants were selected for the winery landscaping, which will reduce the demand for irrigation by more than 50 percent.  In conjunction with this, all of the landscaping and vineyards are irrigated with recycled water. A 40-percent reduction of building water has also been achieved through the use of low-flow water outlets, without compromising performance.

HALL extends their environmental responsibilities to their general operations by recycling and by using recycled materials whenever possible in their offices, as well as by shipping direct-to-consumer wine in recyclable packaging.

“Visitors come to HALL to experience hand-crafted Cabernet Sauvignon and are excited to learn about our vineyards, buildings, and operations, which result in a minimal carbon footprint,” says Kathryn Hall. “At HALL Wines, we grow our own grapes and craft our wines, and so we are obligated to ensure the health of the land, as well as that of the greater Napa Valley ecosystem.” The Halls own nearly 500 organically farmed acres in Napa and Sonoma counties. These acres are expected to be certified organic within a year.

From July through the end of August, HALL St. Helena is offering complimentary LEED tours daily at 11 AM. For reservations, please call 707.967.2626.

Hall Wines St. Helena. Photo Courtesy: Hall Wines

Hall Wines St. Helena. Photo Courtesy: Hall Wines

HALL wines are distributed in major markets throughout the U.S. The Halls have a second wine-making facility in Napa Valley, HALL Rutherford, which was completed in 2005.  Additional information is available on the Hall Wines website .

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U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to soar to $60 billion by 2010. The USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

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