Boca Raton, Fla. Office Depot Monday announced that it will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Commercial Interiors (CI) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for all new Office Depot retail stores, beginning in June.
LEED CI is the recognized system for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, productive places to work; are less costly to operate and maintain; and have a reduced environmental footprint.
Fourteen new Office Depot store locations will be LEED CI certified, starting with the chain’s newest location in Austin, Texas, which is scheduled to open in June. At each of these locations, Office Depot will look to mirror the impressive energy and monetary savings seen at Office Depot’s first LEED Gold-Certified store in Austin, which opened in April 2008.
“The energy savings realized at our first Austin store location has been even greater than what we had originally expected,” said Edward Costa, VP construction for Office Depot. “We intend to continue to make our stores as energy efficient, water efficient and cost efficient as possible. With LEED CI we are now able to ‘green’ all of our store locations -- regardless of whether we build it ourselves or take over an existing building.”
Features of all new Office Depot LEED CI certified stores will include: