New Belgium Brewing Company

In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium Brewing Company prides itself on innovation, energy efficiency, conservation, and recycling.

A 17.5-acre brownfield site along the French Broad River in Asheville has been transformed into a production brewery and community destination. The facility includes a 5,000 square foot Liquid Center for beer tasting, the meeting point for brewery tours, and the main brewery facility consisting of the brewhouse, cellar, packaging, production support, and administrative office areas. Integral Group provided mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection design services.

The Liquid Center, which is Certified LEED Platinum, includes features such as mechanically assisted natural ventilation, radiant slab heating, energy recovery DOAS, solar domestic hot water, and rainwater harvesting for irrigation. The main brewery is targeting a separate LEED certification, including features such as mechanically assisted natural ventilation in the offices, energy recovery DOAS, displacement ventilation in the packaging areas, solar domestic hot water, and rainwater harvesting for cooling tower makeup. The heating and cooling water for the facility is generated through heat exchanges from the process glycol and medium temperature hot water process loops. By combining the facility and process central plants, maintenance is minimized and flexibility is increased by allowing additional capacity to be shifted to production during off-peak weather conditions.


  • Rainwater Harvesting & Reuse
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Displacement/Demand Control/Natural Ventilation
  • Radiant Heat


Integral Group was really good to work with, very collaborative and innovative. The coordination of building energy and process energy was quite complicated and Integral Group excelled in providing insight and solutions to achieve the best possible design.
Jim Spencer, Director of Engineering,
New Belgium Brewing Company

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