Southbrook Vineyards

Southbrook Vineyards

December 15, 2008 08:00 ET

Southbrook Vineyards Achieves LEED Gold

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2008) - Southbrook Vineyards today announced it has been granted LEED Gold certification for its hospitality pavilion in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. Southbrook's commitment to the earth has also resulted in both organic and biodynamic certification for its vineyard earlier this year.

"Some of our LEED points are very obvious when you visit our building," said Marilyn Redelmeier, Southbrook's co-owner and project coordinator during construction. "We have daylight in 95% of our working areas, and waste water management with our bioswales and reed beds. But other points are far less visible, like using recycled and local materials, and enhancing indoor air quality." Some LEED standards were achieved during the construction, such as diversion of 75% of waste materials from landfill, and the establishment of a rigorous erosion control plan. "And our LEED commitment is ongoing. We live it every day with our Green Housekeeping plan and our separation of recyclables," adds Redelmeier.

Southbrook's prime location at the gateway to Niagara-on-the-Lake wine country provides a spectacular showcase for the eye-catching hospitality pavilion, whose defining element is a 200-metre long wall that runs parallel to the vines. The use of clerestory glass above the wall enhances the effect that the roof "floats," and visually communicates Southbrook's desire to minimize its impact on the land.

Southbrook Vineyards is the evolution of a thriving farm market and winery founded in Richmond Hill. Bill and Marilyn Redelmeier purchased 74 acres in Niagara-on- the-Lake in December 2005, making a commitment to becoming organic grape growers. They expanded their holdings to 150 acres in the spring of 2008. Southbrook Vineyards opened in Niagara-on-the-Lake in June 2008.

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