Sprouts offers high-efficiency HVAC, refrigeration solutions
Culver City, Calif. A new Sprouts Farmers Market that opened late June in Culver City, Calif., is projected to use 50% less refrigerant than the industry average, thanks to high-performance heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions that meet the company’s sustainability objectives.
The 32,800-sq.-ft. new store features solutions from Hussmann and Trane that allowed Sprouts to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill “Gold” certification, which represents Sprouts’ fifth GreenChill award since becoming a new partner member with the EPA GreenChill program last year.
Hussmann and Trane collaborated with Sprouts on two projects that received “Gold” awards and one that received a “Silver” award.
Sprouts said the store will become the chain’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified store later this year.
“Choosing these energy-efficient systems reflects our commitment to being an environmentally responsible business within the community,” said Doug Sanders, president and COO, Sprouts Farmers Market.
Prior to selecting HVAC and refrigeration solutions for the new store, the Sprouts team conducted an energy analysis to identify the most effective solutions for the space. Based on the results, they selected Hussmann Protocol distributed refrigeration systems designed to be placed on top of walk-in coolers close to the refrigerated cases to allow for short piping and use of less refrigerant.
By combining these systems with energy-efficient SEER 15 HVAC solutions, Sprouts has been able to achieve substantial savings in construction and energy costs and refrigerant.
Red Lobster location awarded LEED Silver certification
Orlando, Fla. Darden Restaurants, owner of Red Lobster and Olive Garden banners among others, said Monday that its Red Lobster restaurant in Centerview, San Antonio, is one of the company’s first to receive sustainability recognition.
The restaurant was awarded Silver certification for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for New Construction from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The 7,029-sq.-ft. restaurant, which opened in March, features a number of sustainable design elements, including recycled building materials, increased use of natural light, and energy-efficient equipment and fixtures, including low-flow water nozzles in the kitchen and low-flow faucets in the restrooms, new LED parking lot light bulbs and low-wattage energy-efficient light bulbs, and heat recovery tanks that allow the capture of heat generated from the freezer/cooler compressors to aid in supplemental heating of hot water.
The effort is part of Darden Restaurant’s Sustainable Restaurant Design initiative, which aims to reduce energy and water use in 1,800 restaurants by 15% by the year 2015.
Red Lobster, part of Darden Restaurants has nearly 700 locations across North America. Darden restaurant brands also include Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52.
Warwick, N.Y. Price Chopper earns GreenChill award
Schenectady, N.Y. The Price Chopper Supermarket located in Warwick, N.Y., has been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill ‘Silver-Level Certification’ award for streamlining/reducing the use of refrigerants in its continuing efforts of environmental stewardship.
“As part of our overall environmental strategy, we have made a commitment to reduce refrigerant emissions that in turn reduce greenhouse gases,” said Bill Sweet, Price Chopper’s VP, engineering and construction, Price Chopper, which operates more than 100 supermarkets and is owned and operated by the Golub Corp.
GreenChill is a voluntary program designed to reduce the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants in grocery stores across the county. The GreenChill Store Certification Awards Program recognizes retail stores that achieve at least a 50% reduction in refrigerant charge and a 75% reduction in refrigerant emissions.
In 2009, the Price Chopper Supermarket located in Colonie, N.Y., was awarded the EPA’s GreenChill ‘Best of the Best – Best GreenChill Certified Store – 2008-2009,’ the highest level of GreenChill gold-level certification ever achieved by a supermarket retailer.
The store uses the most environmentally friendly refrigeration system; it runs on just 282 pounds of refrigerant in total (just ? pound of refrigerant per 1000 BTUs per hour) and its refrigerant leak rate is predicted to be less than 1% throughout the life of the equipment.