There is only one thing you need to know about California: The state loves all things green — especially solar power. Only thing is, when you are a refrigeration contractor, you can do green but how can you harness the hot sun and create cold? Well, according to the folks at C&L Refrigeration of Brea, Calif., it can be done and they did it.
A 134.9k sf build-to-suit cold storage facility in the Otay Mesa section of San Diego has been awarded LEED Gold certification from The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The building, occupied by Innovative Cold Storage Enterprises Inc (ICE), is called ICE II. Situated on 6.78 acres near State Route 905 at 7350 Britannia Ct, the facility was built by El Cajon-based Hamann Construction.
El Cajon, CA-based Hamann Construction earlier this year delivered its 134,946-square-foot build-to-suit cold storage facility for Innovative Cold Storage Enterprises, Inc., (ICE) in San Diego County’s Otay Mesa. And now the marvel of renewable energy and conservation has won LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Aside from labor, the most significant cost of operating a cold storage facility is the expense associated with creating a cool environment. A refrigerated or frozen warehouse’s energy bill can vary by thousands or tens of thousands of dollars each month, making the need to control energy costs and increase efficiencies critical.
Innovative Cold Storage Enterprises (ICE) operates two cold storage facilities in San Diego, California, one of which is just a block from the USA/Mexico border. A year after opening the first location, owners Jeff and Gregg Hamann learned about the importance of energy management, as ICE was hit hard with soaring energy costs.
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