Agrifac factory scores top marks for sustainability

The Agrifac factory’s solar panels have produced more power than the facility has used, giving it an energy neutral status.

Sustainability is a core objective of the Agrifac sprayers business and the company recently took a big step in that direction with its new manufacturing facility achieving an impressive 97.38 per cent score with the international BREEAM assessment programme.

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is an assessment method for determining the sustainability performance of buildings and takes into consideration a building’s environmental, social and economic impacts. This means BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them and help protect natural resources.

Agrifac production line in the new sustainable factory.

Key attributes of the Agrifac factory are its energy neutrality, rainwater reuse, airtightness and insulation and an extensive garden of more than 500 square metres. On the energy front, the factory’s solar panels have generated more power than Agrifac has used, while the water from a 50 cubic metre rainwater collection tank is used to test Agrifac sprayers and to flush factory toilets.

Attaining the BREEAM sustainability score was no accident with the project carefully planned with sustainability consultants W4Y. Adding to the challenge was the need to keep the business running while the new facility was constructed and the requirement to preserve the cultural and historical aspects of the existing building such as its soapstone facades.

Simon Hogenstijn of W4Y said he has been involved in many new construction and innovation projects, but had never previously experienced such achievements. The Agrifac building, he said, is one of the most sustainable buildings in the Netherlands.

For more information about Agrifac sprayers visit www.agrifac.com.au

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