Group14 provided sustainability consulting, energy modeling, commissioning, whole building life cycle analysis, and building enclosure services for Aspen Distillers, which is on track to earn both LEEDv4 New Construction Platinum and full Living Building Challenge certification.
The 8-acre site includes seven buildings: the distillery, a rickhouse for barrel storage, the company’s headquarters, a pumphouse for the onsite wastewater treatment, and three small residential buildings for staff. Half of the site is designated for urban agriculture with a focus on regenerative farming practices to provide food to the Roaring Fork Valley.
Upon completion, Aspen Distillers will be the world’s first distillery to achieve the Living Building Challenge.
The all-electric facility and will operate at net-positive energy performance with a solar photovoltaic array and battery storage onsite. The distillery will also meet a minimum of a 20% reduction in embodied carbon for the structure and enclosure materials with guidance from Group14’s whole building life cycle analysis.
The project features a closed-loop wastewater treatment system for the distilling production cycle, ensuring more than 90% of input water returns to the local hydrology. This system, along with an on-site well, septic system, and ditchwater for irrigation will fulfill the net-postive water requirement of the Living Building Challenge.
Group14’s team is currently vetting all materials against the Living Building Challenge’s Red List, striving to eliminate chemicals of concern from the construction of the distillery.