November 25, 2014

Corner Bakery Cafe is in a growth mode. The company, which was acquired in 2011 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, is entering new markets and opening locations across the country, from New York City to Las Vegas. It will end the year with 185 cafes (114 company-owned and 71 franchised). The company plans to more than double its U.S. footprint by 2017 through a combination of franchised and company-owned cafes.

November 24, 2014

On the site of a former gas station in West Haven,  Connecticut., CVS Health has unveiled its most environmentally progressive and energy efficient store so far.

For starters, the LEED Platinum-certified drug store boasts day lighting, a landscape design that doesn’t require irrigation, super-efficient HVAC units and LED-lit coolers that light up when approached. (Platinum is the highest distinction in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.)

November 21, 2014

Walmart is making a major investment in solar energy, with plans to install up to 400 new solar projects at stores and facilities across the nation during the next four years. 

November 21, 2014

Walmart is making a major investment in solar energy, with plans to install up to 400 new solar projects at stores and facilities across the nation during the next four years. 

November 20, 2014

The new Tractor Supply Company store support center in Brentwood, Tennessee, has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 

November 19, 2014

 Kohl’s Department Stores has once again been recognized with a 2014 Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

November 5, 2014

 

Downsized facilities management departments. Projects that reduce maintenance and operating costs. Store refreshes as opposed to costly remodels. Mandy Rennehan of Freshco Retail Maintenance spoke with Chain Store Age about how changes in retail facilities management are impacting retailers.

 

What trends are you seeing with regard to store retrofits and remodels?

November 5, 2014

 

The U.S. Department of Energy has named the ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 energy standard as the new national energy reference standard, superseding the 2010 version in effect until then.

Within two years, all states must put into effect a commercial building energy code at least as stringent as the 2013 version of 90.1, or justify why they cannot comply.

The updated standard pays particular attention to lighting controls, with more stringent requirements, including*:

November 3, 2014

While the “Internet of Things” (IoT) ecosystem is still in its infancy, the capability has become a reality for the commercial HVAC industry with the integration of Daikin Applied’s rooftop systems with Intel’s intelligent gateway solutions.

October 16, 2014

Powerhouse Dynamics, creator of the SiteSage enterprise energy and asset management system, is beefing up its mobile app with a series of control and reporting enhancements to provide facility  managers with complete facility energy and equipment operations management.

October 9, 2014

EnTouch Controls awarded Corner Bakery Cafe the company’s annual Environmental Sustainability Award for its commitment to energy efficiency.

September 26, 2014

Ace Hardware has saved an average of 81% on lighting-related energy use in its 1 million-sq.-ft. retail support center in Rocklin, California, since implementing a LED upgrade.

The upgrade, completed in October 2013, involved replacing 1,551 T5 fluorescent and 102 metal halide lamps with an intelligent LED system from Digital Lumens. The wirelessly networked solution reduced the cen-ter’s power usage per square foot by 39.56%, while improving light quality and illumination levels.

September 26, 2014

H&M’s new Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan is the fast-fashion giant’s largest store in the world, a whopping 57,000 sq. ft. — the size of a football field.

The interior is bright and buzzing with energy. Just inside the entry, mannequins are arranged on a tiered staircase display, echoing a fashion-show runway.

Beyond its sheer size, the store is a standout for a number of reasons. Let’s look at five.

September 26, 2014

For multi-site retail companies, energy efficiency makes business sense. It allows retailers to reduce cost and risk, and create good will with investors, employees, customers and the government. Ultimately, it also helps improve the bottom line.

September 26, 2014

For multi-site retail companies, energy efficiency makes business sense. It allows retailers to reduce cost and risk, and create good will with investors, employees, customers and the government. Ultimately, it also helps improve the bottom line.

September 26, 2014

On July 1, 2014, recent updates to the 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards — Title 24 — went into effect.

The new, tougher standards are estimated to increase energy efficiency by 30% in non-residential buildings compared with the 2008 version. The increase will help California achieve its ambitious goal: Under Title 24, all new commercial buildings must be net-zero energy by 2030.

September 26, 2014

On July 1, 2014, recent updates to the 2013 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards — Title 24 — went into effect.

The new, tougher standards are estimated to increase energy efficiency by 30% in non-residential buildings compared with the 2008 version. The increase will help California achieve its ambitious goal: Under Title 24, all new commercial buildings must be net-zero energy by 2030.

September 25, 2014

Simon Property Group has been recognized by the CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project) and The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) for its ongoing leadership and commitment to sustainability and energy conservation.

September 18, 2014

Simon and NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, announced the installation of new electric car fast-charging Freedom Station sites that can recharge shoppers' vehicles in 30 minutes or less at four Northern California Simon shopping centers: Vacaville Premium Outlets, Livermore Premium Outlets, Great Mall and Petaluma Village Premium Outlets.

September 8, 2014

Staples Canada is expanding its Bullfrog Power partnership to support renewable energy in four additional stores.

September 5, 2014

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology is transforming the way commercial buildings are cooled and heated. This smart, energy-efficient, and fully customizable HVAC technology not only provides comfortable air to occupants, but also opens design possibilities for architects and maximizes profitability for building owners. Mitsubishi Electric is leading the HVAC industry with its advanced VRF zoning solutions as America’s #1 selling brand in this market.

September 5, 2014

Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning technology is transforming the way commercial buildings are cooled and heated. This smart, energy-efficient, and fully customizable HVAC technology not only provides comfortable air to occupants, but also opens design possibilities for architects and maximizes profitability for building owners. Mitsubishi Electric is leading the HVAC industry with its advanced VRF zoning solutions as America’s #1 selling brand in this market.

August 27, 2014

Retail facility directors continually look for ways to drive down operational costs, but are limited in their efforts without a strong control system. Installation of a facility control system can provide savings and improve operations of a small-format retail store if adhered to well.

August 27, 2014

The LED revolution sweeping the building industry is now ready for the next stage: intelligent lighting control, which has the potential to transform the retail environment by making it more flexible, better understood and connective with shoppers.

LEDs are inherently dimmable, and many LED products are sold with dimming capability regardless of how the owner plans to control them. Pairing dimmable LED lighting with lighting controls can accelerate energy savings, extend product service life, satisfy energy codes and provide greater flexibility.