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New Stop & Shop to pursue LEED certification

BY Marianne Wilson

Quincy. Mass. — Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. on Saturday will open its third location in Cranston, R.I. The new store will pursue LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in the coming months.

The new Stop & Shop was built with a range of energy-efficient features, including a fabric duct ventilation system (from DuctSox). The application, designed to provide more uniform airflow is first of its kind use for Stop & Shop.

Other energy-saving features include:

  • ECM motors in the refrigerated fixtures and walk-in coolers;
  • Low-mercury energy efficient T5 HO fluorescent light fixtures with occupancy sensors in the storage areas and offices;
  • LED lights for accent lighting (also in the refrigerated display cases and interior/exterior signage);
  • An energy management system that monitors the performance of the lighting, refrigeration, and HVAC systems; and
  • Low-flow fixtures in the bathrooms and prep areas to reduce water consumption.

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T-Mobile USA to roll out new design for 400 U.S. stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile USA announced Thursday the rollout of a new global design for nearly 400 new and remodeled stores across the country. The move follows successful test pilots in Tukwila, Wash., and in New York City at Seventh Ave. and 48th St.,

T-Mobile said it adopted the new design format from its parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG, which has received positive customer feedback for this new design in retail stores across Europe.

Each redesigned store will be completely new from floor to ceiling, and will feature a more customer-centric layout, including private customer service desks and clearly defined product areas.

“With the continued complexity of wireless choices, T-Mobile is always looking to help simplify the consumer retail experience and make it more personal for each customer,” said Debra Coates, senior director of store development, T-Mobile USA.

Other new design features include hardwood flooring, large digital messaging screen at the rear of the store, and vertical highlight panels installed with information kiosks and video monitors.

Customers also will have several service options, from standing service counters on the sales floor for quick transactions to seated service desks for long transactions, discreet conversations and business-to-business consultations. With this new format, customer wait times are expected to be reduced.

T-Mobile said it is opening or remodeling stores in approximately 65 markets across the country, led by openings in Boston, and Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5.

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Energy cost savings to drive HVAC innovation

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Innovation in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning will be driven by cost savings from more efficient energy use and pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent from Pike Research.

The study, “Energy Efficient HVAC Systems,” found that energy addition, regulatory shifts, including more stringent codes and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) will enable emergent HVAC technologies, which in some cases have been available for many years, to achieve market traction at last. Advanced HVAC innovations can achieve energy cost savings of well over 50% by assembling commercially available components in unconventional arrangements, Pike Research reported.

“The next generation of energy efficiency will come through incremental improvements to existing HVAC technologies,” said research analyst Eric Bloom. “But there is a great deal of untapped potential for innovation and the adoption of new technologies, such as geothermal heat pumps, that will transform the way buildings function.”

While technologies such as building energy management systems, thermal energy storage, underfloor air distribution, geothermal heat pumps, and evaporative cooling for rooftop units occupy only a small portion of the present market today, Pike Research expects their growth to accelerate over the next few years.

Revenue from ice-based thermal energy storage systems on rooftops, for example, will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 84% between 2010 and 2015, reaching almost $171 million. The spread of these innovative technologies will enable building owners to actively manage energy cost as an asset, rather than a fixed cost, Pike reported.

An executive summary of the report is available for free download at www.pikeresearch.com.

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