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Webinar Recording: Let’s Talk About Indoor Environment Quality

Posted by in Uncategorized | April 27, 2022
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Contributors

Jordan Cabral, BASc., MPH

Occupational Hygienist / Project Coordinator

Lisa Xiong, MPH.

Junior Occupational Hygienist

Sustainability in Warehouses

Posted by in Uncategorized | March 9, 2022
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Over the years environmental concerns have become progressively more prominent in all market sectors and industries. Catch-phrases like “going green”, “environmentally friendly”, “sustainability”, and “renewable” have become ubiquitous, but are interpreted differently by individuals. This leads to a myriad of thoughts and approaches on how to tackle the same problem. The overriding consensus is that climate change and global warming present an ever-increasing problem that everyone must undertake to mitigate – including the logistics/ supply chain industry as they build new facilities to meet increasing demand. It is easier to implement greener solutions for newly built construction when starting from scratch, but it is not impossible for pre-existing buildings, like warehouses, to become more sustainable. So how do you make existing warehouses more sustainable?

Buildings can be made sustainable by reducing their carbon footprint. For example, warehouses can reduce their carbon footprint by putting into action three (3) things:

1. Increase energy efficiency

Decreasing energy consumption to reduce utility costs while maintaining the same or greater productivity. This includes replacing lightbulbs and HVAC system(s) to a more energy efficient unit, installing solar panels on the roof, and movement-detector switches for lighting.

2. Automation

Helps to increase efficiency by doing less work to get more done. For example, utilizing order-picking technology and bar coding allows for operations within warehouses to increase speed and accuracy of each order, lessen paper consumption, and enhance traceability of products.

3. Utilizing sustainable warehouse design

Warehouse design is important for energy efficiency and is most applicable for new buildings. However, improvements to existing buildings can be made to decrease their carbon footprint. This can include utilizing space management techniques to increase productivity by reducing steps when moving goods or installing a green or cool roof to improve cooling or the insulation values for the building.

A good way to demonstrate sustainability in warehouses is by attaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. LEED Certification is an internationally recognized green building certification system to measure and define green buildings. Warehouses can attain LEED certification by implementing LEED O+M (Operations and Maintenance) Certification, which provides sustainability solutions for existing buildings.

LEED certification is attained based on performance. The better the performance, the higher the LEED points, better the accreditation. Accreditation ranges from Certified (40 – 49 points), Silver (50 – 59 points), Gold (60 – 79 points), to Platinum (80+ points).

LEED Certifications and Points
Certification Points
Certified 40 – 49
Silver 50 – 59
Gold 60 – 79
Platinum 80+

Earning points is based on eight (8) categories, that includes subcategories for each. (P) represents a prerequisite subcategory, and is a must-have for projects to become LEED certified.

LEED O+M Categories and Subcategories Points
Location and Transportation
Transportation Performance (P)
14
Sustainable Sites                
Rainwater Management                
Heat Island Reduction                
Light Pollution Reduction                
Site Management
4
Water Efficiency                
Water Performance (P)
15
Energy and Atmosphere                
Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices (P) Fundamental Refrigerant Management (P)      
Energy Performance (P)                
Grid Harmonization
35
Materials and Resources                
Purchasing Policy (P)                
Facility Maintenance and Renovations Policy (P)                 Waste Performance (P)                
Purchasing
9
Indoor Environment Quality                
Minimum Indoor Air Quality (P)                
Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control (P)                
Green Cleaning Policy (P)                             
Indoor Environmental Quality Performance (P)                 Integrated Pest Management
22
Innovation 1
Total 100

(P) – Prerequisite – must include in LEED certified projects as per LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance

It is important to know which area(s) of a warehouse can be improved. This will also require identifying which aspect to target; whether it is the efficiency, automation, or better design of the operations and maintenance systems being implemented. However, by starting small, like changing outdated to efficient lightbulbs, will immediately impact the environment in a positive way. Striving for a net zero carbon footprint may seem a monumental challenge, however, it is an admirable goal not many have achieved, but it is worth pursuing.

Citation:

Advanced Solutions International, I. (n.d.). LEED: The International Mark of Excellence. Why LEED? Retrieved January 11, 2022, from https://www.cagbc.org/CAGBC/LEED/Why_LEED/CAGBC/Programs/LEED/_LEED.aspx?hkey=5d7f0f3e-0dc3-4ede-b768-021835c8ff92

Napolitano, M. (n.d.). 7 trends in Sustainable Warehouse Design – supply chain 24/7. Supply Chain 24 7. Retrieved January 11, 2022, from https://www.supplychain247.com/article/7_trends_in_sustainable_warehouse_design/green

O’Reilly, L. O. R. L. (2021, May 13). Warehouse Management & Sustainability – Why It Matters. Ecotile. Retrieved January 11, 2022, from https://www.ecotileflooring.com/news /importance-sustainability-effective-warehousemanagement/#:~:text=The%203%20Pillars%20of%20Warehouse%20Management%20Sustainability%201,labour-intensive%20tasks.%20…%203%20Sustainable%20Warehouse%20Design.%20

Sebastian Gomez, C. E. P. (n.d.). 6 ways to make your warehouse go green. Pallet Racking Inspection, Protection & Repair Solutions. Retrieved January 11, 2022, from https://www.damotech.com/blog/6-ways-to-make-your-warehouse-go-green

U.S. Green Building Council. (2021, April). LEED v4.1 Operations And Maintenance.

Strategic Alliance Announcement: Northern Air

Posted by in News & Announcements | January 27, 2022
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Dear Clients,

We are pleased to announce a new strategic alliance between T. Harris Environmental Management Inc. and Northern Air Environmental Technologies Inc.

T.Harris Environmental Management Inc. is a premier environmental consulting company providing a variety of environmental and occupational health and safety solutions since 1979. Northern Air, established in 1968, focuses on innovative design, installation, and maintenance of commercial, industrial, and institutional HVAC systems.  

Working together we create a safe and healthy environment for our clients in all our locations across Canada. We are committed to expanding our services by working in close partnership. This alliance will help us enhance and enrich our current services and provide new value-added services to our collective clients.

Do you have any issues with indoor air quality, workplace exposure to chemicals, COVID- 19 infection control, or heat stress / heat strain? Contact us to evaluate and make recommendations for engineering controls such as ventilation.

Webinar Recording: Return to Work Safely

Posted by in News & Announcements | September 29, 2021
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Webinar Panel

Dennis Hsu, MASc., P.Eng.

Project Manager

Jordan Cabral, BASc., MPH.

Junior Occupational Hygienist

Lisa Xiong, MPH.

Junior Occupational Hygienist

Richard Quenneville, B.Sc., CIH, ROH.

Senior Director Corporate Services