Regency Centers receive LEED certifications in North Carolina and Illinois
Jacksonville, Fla. — Regency Centers, a national owner, operator and developer of grocery-anchored and community shopping centers, announced that buildings at two of its shopping centers in North Carolina and Illinois have received LEED Silver established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The certified projects are Market at Colonnade, a 57,637-sq.-ft. ground-up infill center anchored by Whole Foods Market in Raleigh, N.C., and the 51,298-sq.-ft. Mariano’s Fresh Market at Roscoe Square, the company’s first LEED-certified redevelopment, a 140,461-sq.-ft. neighborhood center in Chicago.
Since 2009, 80% of Regency’s development and redevelopment projects have sought LEED certification. The company currently has 17 LEED-registered projects, including five that have received final certification, three more under construction, and nine in predevelopment.
Some of the sustainability highlights at Market at Colonnade include:
- Low impact design (LID) captures and reuses up to 300,000 gallons of stormwater runoff for site irrigation and plumbing;
- Regency collaborated with North Carolina State University on the design, monitoring the project’s effectiveness and harnessing key; and
- Learnings for improvement of stormwater management practices within the industry.
In addition, the center’s anchor, Whole Foods Market, earned LEED Gold for commercial interiors and partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy and its Net-Zero Energy Program Commercial Building Initiative to create an energy-efficient grocery space.
The project also includes two electric car charging stations for customer use.
At Roscoe Square, sustainability highlights include:
- The 31-year-old center was retrofitted with a green roof and underground detention cistern to better manage stormwater runoff;
- Building insulation, high-performance glazing and energy-efficient lighting strategies are combine to reduce overall expected energy use by more than 20% compared to pre-redevelopment levels;
- Seventy-percent of the expected core and shell electricity usage for two years has been offset with renewable energy certificates; and
- New materials used in construction were selected to maximize recycled content and regionally sourced materials.
Walmart expands solar footprint to Massachusetts
New York — Walmart plans to install solar panels on about half of its stores in Massachusetts, making it the largest user of solar power in the state.
Walmart is partnering with Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC, Middletown, Conn., on the project, which involves 27 stores.
“On average, the systems we’ll be using in Massachusetts will provide from 10% to 15% of each store’s power requirements,’’ said David Ozment, Walmart’s director of energy programs. “We’re very optimistic that we’re going to save some dollars over time.”
Walmart cuts outdoor water use with WeatherTrak irrigation controller
Petaluma, Calif. — Walmart stores equipped with smart irrigation controllers from HydroPoint Data Systems have reduced outdoor irrigation water use an average of 39% per location since the systems were deployed in 2008, the companies announced.
HydroPoint supplied 631 of its WeatherTrak controllers to select Walmart stores. The systems, which are designed to eliminate landscape water waste, harmful run-off and costly hardscape damage, were added during new store construction and as retrofit projects.
The controllers use an online tool that gives Walmart remote access to the system, and provides water-use data for property managers, landscape contractors and company executives.