Säntis Delicatessen’s new home is now LEED certified
After 30 years of operating a factory in Yakal Street, Makati City, Swiss-born Chef Werner Berger of Säntis Delicatessen decided it was time to expand.
With no room for expansion in that area, Werdenberg International Corp. acquired a 7,000-square meter property in Carmona, Cavite last 2014.
Officially started on February 2015, the construction of the new food processing plant took about two years to build. The state-of-the-art factory was launched November last year and was presented with a LEED Silver Certification from the US Green Building Council.
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED rating system is created and maintained by the US Green Building Council. It is based on a point system—the more points you earn, the higher your rating.
Comprising of two floors, the ground floor has 16 rooms including chillers and freezers.
Other areas include the receiving area, quality check room, hallway to main freezer, chilled meat cooling down room, meat trimmings room, freezer and defrosting chiller for meat, producing the emulsions, sausage filling room, smoking and cooking, drying room, ham packing room, salting chiller, curing room, packing room, chiller for packed goods for delivery, gateway to second floor through hygienic boots, and hand cleaning machine.
All workrooms are air conditioned from 15 to 16 degrees Celsius to achieve the maximum safety for meat handling processing. The total daily output of ham and sausages is around four to six tons a day.
The second floor houses the male changing room, female changing room, offices, kitchen for employees, canteen, solar inverter room, air-conditioned dry storage for spices, storage room for packing materials and storage room for spare parts.
Also installed were thermo-insulated panels from Austria for the building façade, inner walls, and roof. Panels were supplied and installed by one of the leading companies in Europe in terms of insulated building panels.
Almost 40 percent of the power consumption is generated by 1,500 sqm of solar panels that are installed on the roof.
This serves as an additional power back up apart from the 750kva diesel generator that produces 600 kilowatts of emergency power. This can run the whole building during any power interruption.
The factory has its own sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 80 cubic meters a day. And rainwater is collected and stored for watering plants and cleaning the surroundings of the building.
CEO Werner Berger believes that while they are aiming for a profitable business, the environment is also their concern. Setting up a factory that is aligned with present environmental concerns entails extra expense but they believe that it would pay off in the long term.
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In closing, I’d like to invite all the art lovers and collectors to an important auction.
Leon Gallery, in partnership with the Asian Cultural Council of the Philippines is set to host its first auction for the year today at 2 p.m. The major sale is to feature an eclectic assortment of works—from coveted furniture, to some of the rarest historical pieces. Among the selection, is a Batangas Uno Mesa Altar, a sought after majesty that has been elusive to collectors.
Important modern works join the lineup, too. Fernando Zobel’s “#305 Dianium”, a fine example of the eminent artist’s Saetas, BenCab’s “Imaginary Portrait of Sabel”, Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s “Still Life”, and Arturo Luz’s “Musicians”. Among the contemporaries, Joven Mansit’s “Lola”, Elmer Borlongan’s “Circumaural”, and Ronald Ventura’s “Conquest” join the selection. It is a spectacular showing of Filipino Art today—alive, fresh and potent.
Rare and highly regarded, multiple 19th Century Masterworks make their way to the sale. Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s “A Lady in the Moonlight” accompanies Juan Luna’s “Abrochando”, “Scenes of Everyday Life in Japan” and “La Patria En Peligro” add to the already star-studded roster set for auction.
Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino Corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit www.Leon-Gallery.com or contact Leon Gallery at (+632) 856-2781.