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9. Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation

Adopt building envelope renovations for warehouses




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities


Category Assessment



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(1) Utilize the resource below to identify the different areas of the warehouse building you can improve.
(2) Assess the warehouse 'building envelope' to identify which of the potential areas have the highest impact on energy savings.
(3) Perform a Lifecycle Assessment (LCA).
(4) Assess the relationship that you have with the warehouse maintenance service provider to recognize the degree of leverage that you have.


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Optimize and increase productivity, reduce future maintenance costs, cost savings from reduced leaks due to focus on the warehouse envelope.

Reduced energy demand, and hence reduced CO2 emissions into the environment.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Identify based on the assessment which portion of the warehouse needs to be renovated according to best practices. Potential areas are:
a) reducing demand for energy imports,
b) insulate doors to the outside,
c) ensure wall and roof insulations are adequate for the local climate,
d) install ENERGY STAR qualified roofing products or explore other "cool roof" strategies,
e) consider window replacement to allow for passive solar heating (during new constructions).
(2) Identify alternatives from the LCA conducted to gauge what works best for the warehouse building.
(3) Incorporate the changes as discussed and decided upon.
(4) Implement monitoring systems to track the progress of energy saved.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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(1) Leverage with other warehouse owners/warehouse maintenance service providers to identify and negotiate on the changes to be made (low leverage point: negotiate on a small, low-cost implementation, high leverage point: negotiate on large scale changes which can be worked into the contract).
(2) Inclusion of the clause regarding the proper disposal of any materials replaced during this process.

Supplier Performance & Management

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Integrate the reporting of CO2 emission reductions into the annual supplier performance management.
Regular quarterly meetings to discuss the JIT system implementation in general, and feedback from each team on areas of improvement.
Bi-yearly meetings to discuss new technologies that complement the JIT program and make it more efficient.

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