Van Meter achieves LEED Gold distinction on new facility

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Van Meter Inc. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold distinction of its 470 Ruppert Road facility in Iowa City, Iowa.

The company outgrew its previous Iowa City operation on Highland Court and broke ground on its new 22,840 square foot combination warehouse-office building in July 2011. By February 2012, products were transferred and the doors opened to customers.

Van Meter’s new facility features an indoor drive-thru that customers can use to pick up call-ahead orders without having to exit their vehicle and endure weather conditions, a high-tech training center and a large customer service sales counter. The facility has also allowed Van Meter to expand its local inventory levels by over 30%.

The building features high-end LED lighting and controls, a geothermal heating and cooling system, electric vehicle charging stations and a 14 kilowatt solar system. The building’s performance will be monitored and measured so performance can be viewed and controlled remotely.

The building consumes 57% less energy than a building of similar size built to current state energy and building codes. This translates to an annual savings of approximately $17,504. The remaining energy consumption is significantly offset with solar energy.

Van Meter Inc. is an electrical and mechanical distributor of supplies, services and solutions. The 100% employee-owned company is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with 12 locations throughout the state. It serves the construction, commercial, industrial and institutional markets.

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