David Kuhlken from Pedernales Cellars and Gary McKibben from Red Caboose Winery joined Shades of Green Radio hosts at the KOOP studios on Thursday, December 22nd at 1:00 p.m. on 91.7 FM and streaming live on www.koop.org to talk about sustainability and green building design at Texas Vineyards.
David Kuhlken is co-founder and winemaker at Pedernales Cellars. The cellar and case storage facility at Pedernales Cellars are all cooled using a ground loop geothermal cooling system that cuts in half their energy consumption for maintaining the climate in the production space. They continue to add to their green building design at Pedernales Cellars. Most of the bi-products of the winemaking is composted and re-used at the vineyard in the spring. Steps taken to eliminate invasive species at the vineyard have led to the re-establishment of seeps and springs that had previously been lost. The work has helped to make a better habitat for the native Hill Country wildlife on the property.
Gary McKibben, owner and architect at Red Caboose Winery called in and also joined us on-air with interesting details on sustainable green building details for vineyards. The people at Red Caboose Winery are interested in more than traditional winery design. Red Caboose Winery incorporates sustainability design principles, including: gravity wine flow, solar PV electricity panels on roof, geothermal chilling and cooling, capturing rainwater from our roof for irrigation, and using sustainable materials. All of these fundamental green building design principles translate to energy efficiency and cost savings.