Schluter Systems has opened its new facility in Reno, Nev. The facility was built to accommodate the needs of the company’s west coast clients, and is projected to obtain LEED Gold certification.

Led by the Northern Nevada Development Authority (NNDA), this new training and distribution center will facilitate our access to clients from the southern tip of California to the western Canadian border. “This will allow us to increase our market share and service our clients quickly while also allowing for future expansion as demand increases,” said C.J. Madonna, Schluter General Counsel. “With the assistance of NNDA, we have been able to move forward quickly in achieving our goal.”

Miles Construction is the general contractor for the 90,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art, eco-friendly facility. Designed to meet the most stringent LEED Gold certification standards, the company is using local workforce including engineers, designers, architects, and construction workers. 

“This facility in the Sierra Region will be a part of an elite group of facilities to have the degree of green systems the Schluter property will have upon completion,” said Bill Miles, President of Miles Construction.

Built under the same principles as the company’s facilities in Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Montreal, Canada, the new facility encompasses long-term vision, and a focus on environmental impact, the company said.  

Key Components of the New Facility

Ceramic tile floor coverings throughout

The west coast facility is another excellent example of how ceramic tile applications are consistent with green building practices. For example, ceramic tiles produce no VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions, do not harbor dust, and are easy to clean, thus contributing to improved indoor air quality.  Ceramic tile coverings also have low thermal resistance, which contributes to the efficiency of radiant heating and cooling systems.

Geothermal radiant heating and cooling floor system

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Heating and cooling is largely accomplished through hydronic radiant-heated and radiant-cooled floors in conjunction with geothermal heat pumps.  The earth is used as a heat source during winter and a heat sink during summer.  The Schluter-BEKOTEC modular screed panel forms the platform for the system and integrates with the tile covering to produce a system that reacts very quickly to changes in temperature, and consumes 70 to 80 percent less energy than traditional systems.  This technology creates a comfortable working environment with low operating costs.  

Heating and cooling recovery system

The heating and cooling recovery system recaptures 80 percent of the conditioned air inside the building before it leaves and sends it back into the space along with fresh air, further saving energy costs.

Indoor "living wall"

A wall covered in living plants adds oxygen and humidity into the building and acts as a bio-filter for the air inside the building.  A living wall also reduces noise, absorbs magnetic waves, and enhances the esthetic appeal of the space.

Rainwater collected will be used for flushing toilets and irrigating the living wall and exterior plantings, thereby eliminating or reducing the consumption of fresh water. Installation of waterless urinals will additionally reduce water consumption by 20 percent.

Daylight harvesting

Ceiling skylights installed throughout the warehouse, offices, and atrium provide extensive natural daylight resulting in 75 percent of the employees working under natural light. Traditional eco-friendly systems such as energy-efficient lighting, solar heating, white TPO roofing membrane, and low-E windows will also be used.

With a multitude of environmentally conscious and energy-efficient elements incorporated, our building will consume 70 percent less energy than comparable conventional buildings.

The company welcomes architects, engineers, contractors, distributors, and tile-setters to schedule a visit to its new facility. They will discover design principles for tile installations that can last a lifetime, and construction methods meeting and exceeding today’s building requirements. 

The company also invites tile-industry professionals to attend its educational workshops whoch offer training on tile installation methods and systems, in conjunction with hands-on installation experience.