12th January 2017
A new Distribution Centre uses Green Walls, Green Roofs and sheep to mow the grass!
Green Walls & Green Roofs play an important part in Nike’s new Distribution Centre. The whole site runs on renewable energy, with the emphasis on a self-sustaining “Closed Loop Future”
Incoming shipments arrive by canal & many of the deliveries are despatched by train. There are six huge wind turbines, lots of solar panels & employees are given free bikes for their daily commute.
Before building the new Distribution Centre Nike measured the biodiversity of the area and formulated a plan to increase it. Green roofs and green walls have been installed on the outside of the building to attract birds and insects, and beehives and flowers attract bees. Sheep maintain the lawn instead of lawn mowers.
The company initially considered going even further and covering the roof in trees but ran into issues with weight. “Instead we lined both the rooftops and walls of the facility with smaller vegetation, which helps to insulate the building, provide habitats for increasing biodiversity, and, through the buffering of water, protect against flooding,” says a Nike spokesman.