Heat-Reflecitve Roofing Earns Snack Manufacturer LEED® Certification

Shearer's heat-reflective roofing; acquires LEED(R) certification
Shearer's Foods acquires LEED® certification with its "cool," heat-reflective roofing of JM (Johns Manville) PVC membrane made with DuPont™ Elvaloy® KEE and includes stainless steel gutters, fascia and accessories.

Aspiring to be the first snack food manufacturer in the world to earn LEED® certification, Shearer’s Foods turned to roofing membrane made with DuPont™ Elvaloy® KEE resins for its chemical resistance and heat-reflective roofing capabilities.

Customer

Shearer’s Foods manufactures nearly 230 million pounds of snacks in five facilities across the U.S. and is a leading custom manufacturer and private-label producer. Its family of brands is a preferred source for top retailers across the U.S., and through its private-label customers, Shearer’s products are sold and enjoyed worldwide.

Challenge

Sustainability practices have long been an operational focus of Shearer’s Foods.  The new state-of-the-art plant places big demands on its roof.  Its materials must resist exhaust tower spills of salts and oils used in the production processes below.  In addition, they need to remain watertight during frequent cleaning and perform for years to come.  As more lines are added to meet increasing demand for Shearer’s snacks, there will be increased demands on the roof, with additional exhaust outlets and skylights for increased ambient lighting in the production process.

Solution

Picard Architects and roofing manufacturer Johns Manville (JM) easily met Shearer’s needs for LEED certification with their roof design, a “cool”, white-reflective JM PVC membrane, using Elvaloy® KEE, which creates oil-resistant roofing and reflects heat for energy efficiency.

Results

Shearer’s far exceeded its goal to achieve LEED® certification and became the first snack food manufacturer in the world to earn Platinum rating. The building was constructed with at least 22% recycled materials and uses 30% less energy in manufacturing than industry standards.  Shearer’s new Millennium Manufacturing Facility is now covered by a 110,000-square-foot membrane roof with a proven record for durability, longevity and energy efficiency. 


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