Phnom Penh garment unit turns Cambodia's first LEED-certified factory

07 Jun '21
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Pic: Shutterstock
Pic: Shutterstock

Hong Kong-based Luen Thai Holdings Ltd’s (Luenthai) newest venture, the XO Tex Industrial Co Ltd garment factory located in Phnom Penh, recently became the first building in Cambodia to earn ‘gold’ certification under the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED v4 Building and Construction (BD+C) rating system. “This building is a 25,000sqm facility designed to employ 10,000 staff.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the most widely used green building rating system in the world, has four possible levels of certification—certified, silver, gold and platinum, according to the USGBC.

The updated LEED v4’s rating criteria is the most stringent yet, Luenthai said in a press release, hailing the recent gold certification as an illustration of a ‘commitment to sustainability’ on its part and that of XO Tex Industrial.

Luenthai said the plant is able to achieve exemplary performance in terms of energy efficiency with the installation of direct evaporative cooling systems, LED lighting, and a solar photovoltaic [PV] installation designed to generate 10 per cent of the annual energy consumption of the operation.

“The architectural design was thoroughly considered to optimise daylight in order to reduce lighting demands and improve visual comfort,” it said.

In a bid to reduce the building’s carbon footprint by 1,151 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually and create the healthiest work environment for its employees, it said energy and water consumption are carefully sub-metred throughout the entire facility to ensure any outliers are quickly identified and resolved.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

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