Newest version of LEED green building system to launch in fall
New York — The U.S. Green Building Council’s membership has voted to adopt the next version of its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system.
The new update, LEEDv4, will launch this fall at USGBC’s annual Greenbuild convention. It has been expanded to include more building sectors, such as data centers, warehouses and distribution centers.
Another LEED v4 change includes allocating about 20% of all points to optimizing energy performance over the ASHRAE 90.1-2010.
LEED v4 also include a section giving a building that uses fewer, better materials up to nine LEED points in an effort to give incentives to both product manufacturers that voluntarily report about their product makeup and those that reduce the negative impacts from extraction of raw material through the manufacturing process.
“This update of LEED builds on the past while offering new requirements, preparing all LEED projects to achieve higher levels of building performance and positive environmental outcomes,” said Scot Horst, senior VP of LEED, USGBC. “This newest version of LEED challenges the market to make the next leap toward better, cleaner, healthier buildings. I am confident that people will also notice the improved usability of the system with an improved documentation process and more resources and tools to assist and support positive action.”
Krispy Kreme refranchises Dallas
Winson-Salem, N.C. – Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation has completed the sale of three company-owned stores in the Dallas market to Sun Life Holdings LLC as part of a broader agreement where Sun Holdings has agreed to develop 15 additional Krispy Kreme locations in the market during the next five years. Sun Holdings operates nearly 400 restaurants in Texas and Florida, including the Burger King, Popeye’s, Arby’s, CiCi’s, Golden Corral and Del Taco brands. The company also operates 13 T-Mobile stores.
"We are very pleased to begin what we expect will be a fantastic business relationship with the team at Sun Holdings," said Cindy Bay, senior VP, U.S. franchises and company stores. "Their extensive franchise experience with well-known brands gives us great confidence that they are the ideal group to represent the unique Krispy Kreme brand in the Dallas market."
Krispy Kreme currently has more than 240 stores in the U.S., of which approximately 150 are franchised.
Walgreens integrates with LifePics photo network
Deerfield, Ill. – Walgreens is integrating its QuickPrints one-hour photo printing technology with the LifePics photo printing network. This means that LifePics users can now order photos through the LifePic mobile app, website or LifePic partner, and have them printed in an hour at any Walgreens store.
"With our more than 8,000 locations, we look forward to expanding printing options and services for this category," said Jasbir Patel, senior director of photo, daily living and omni-channel for Walgreens.