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A food facility is subject to unique conditions over its lifespan. Most other facilities do not endure the physical, chemical, and biological abuse that is common in food plants. A sustainable food plant design must consider elements that affect food safety, sanitation, durability, energy use, and maintenance.

A proper design will enhance the ability to maintain sanitary conditions. Below are a few of the more common issues specific to food plant design and construction:

Floors

Food plant floors are under constant strain from the physical abuse of heavy traffic, thermal shock from temperature variations between cleanup and operation, and chemical attack from harsh cleaning chemicals. Determining the correct flooring material for each application is the key to finding a long-lasting floor.

Freezer Floors

Freezer floor slabs are subject to heaving from the ground freezing below the slab. Proper floor insulation and energy-efficient heating methods are paramount to protect the floor from heaving.

Condensation

Condensation problems often stem from improper vapor barriers in insulated panel construction, vapor pressure issues, or infiltration/exfiltration between different types of rooms. These pitfalls can be avoided with proper design and construction techniques.

Walls

Walls are subject to physical abuse from traffic and chemical abuse from cleaning. The proper application of the materials coupled with protection methods leads to long-term sustainability.

Floor Drains

Floor drains are a source of potential contamination and must withstand the sanitation process. Drains that are easy to clean and durable reduce risk, sanitation costs, as well as maintenance costs.

Lights

Food plant lighting fixtures must be easy to clean and maintain. Application of food-grade fixtures, coupled with recent advances in lighting design, can reduce energy and maintenance costs.

Pipes and Conduits

Food processing facility piping and conduit materials must be sanitary on the interior and exterior. The proper application of materials that are sanitary, can withstand the abuse of chemical cleaning, and hold up to temperature variations are key factors to food safety and long-term viability.

Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

When air comes into contact with food products in a facility, it can cause both quality and contamination issues. Proper air treatment, filtering, and balance are critical to maintaining an environment for the safe production of food.

Utilities

Food processing plants usually require different types of energy sources to operate, and sometimes choices can be made between sources. Determining the most efficient source for each process can help reduce energy usage and cost.

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