MAS Intimates Thurulie - Clothing factory in Sri Lanka
MAS Intimates Thurulie is a visionary departure from a standard factory. It claims to be the world’s first clothing factory powered solely by carbon-neutral sources. Energy consumption is 25% lower than comparable factories, and consumption of potable water about half the norm.
To reduce embodied energy in the building, the main exterior walls are made of compressed stabilized earth blocks manufactured close to the building site. The architectural design responds to the tropical climate with a full array of passive cooling measures and a clever cooling system to economically achieve a comfortable indoor environment.
The factory creates an environment that is conducive to lean manufacturing. The production floor is divided into separate areas where workers collaborate in teams, enhancing productivity and employee satisfaction. The factory is profitable to operate, displaying energy efficiency, operational efficiency, and high productivity, with a payback period for the extra cost of making the building sustainable of only five years.
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