New York City Hy-Vee on Tuesday opened its first Wisconsin location, in Madison. The 92,000-sq.-ft. supermarket, housed in a former Kmart, also is the 227-store chain’s first unit built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
The store features highly efficient heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment that decrease energy consumption. In addition, waste heat from equipment is used to preheat hot water and air. Natural light illuminates 75% of the sales floor, while more efficiency is gained through lighting that adjusts to natural light levels. Motion sensors activate lights in refrigerated cases and rooms. Energy performance is further improved through the use of low-E windows and a highly reflective roof that reduces the building’s energy load in the summer.
In other green components, the store has concrete floors that eliminate the need for additional