LEED for Retail Now Open for Public Comment
Boston The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the opening of the public comment period for its LEED for Retail rating system, both for new construction and commercial interiors projects. LEED for Retail recognizes the unique nature of the retail environment and offers a certification system that addresses the various types of retail spaces available, from grocery stores to big-box retailers, to restaurants and banks.
Since the pilot’s launch in April 2007, USGBC has collaborated with over 80 retail pilot project teams to develop and refine the innovative program. Once balloted, LEED for Retail will become a part of LEED 2009, the next evolution of the LEED green-building certification system.
“Retailers have become strong adopters of LEED, recognizing the need to green their space in order to convey their corporate values to their customer,” said Doug Gatlin, VP, market development, USGBC. “The LEED for Retail rating system is designed specifically for retailers’ unique needs and features technologies and strategies they can use to create spaces that are healthier and safer for customers and employees.”
This is the third public comment for LEED for Retail: New Construction and Major Renovation and the second for LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors. Public comment for LEED for Retail opened on Nov. 12 and will conclude Nov. 27.
Cub Seeks LEED Gold for New Green Store
Stillwater, Minn. Cub Foods has opened an eco-friendly store in St. Paul, Minn. The company, a division of Supervalu, is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for the outlet.
The new store features 44 skylights that will illuminate 75% of regularly occupied spaces using a solar-powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed. Other sustainable elements include:
- Half of the waste from buildings torn down on the construction site has been reused in the construction of the new building or recycled;
- Thirty-five percent savings in lighting costs compared to typical Cub stores;
- Amaintenance-free floor that eliminates the need for chemicals during the cleaning process;
- Alandscape irrigation system that uses 50% less water than typical systems; and
- Seventy-five percent of the building construction waste will not end up in landfills. Instead, it will be recycled and turned into other useful materials.
Ben & Jerry’s Testing Green Freezers
Burlington, Vt. Ben & Jerry’s is introducing a cleaner, greener freezer for testing in the United States with the hope that it will eventually be approved for long-term use.
The company announced the launch of a pilot project testing hydrocarbon-based freezers that are designed to minimize the freezer’s impact on global warming. The featured technology is currently allowed in every country except the United States.
“This is an important step for our business which we hope will clearly demonstrate that a more environmentally friendly refrigeration technology can work in the U.S. market,” said Walt Freese, CEO, Ben & Jerry’s. “The technology is commonplace in Europe with literally millions of home and commercial units in place.”
Ben & Jerry’s has approval to test up to 2,000 freezers in the next few years. The debut installation took place in the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.