Starbucks launches new green store design strategy
New York City Coffee chain Starbucks Coffee Corp. on Thursday announced a new global design strategy that seeks to reinvigorate its in-store experience. New store designs will reflect the character of each store’s surrounding neighborhood while helping to reduce its environmental impact. The company will source materials and employ craftsmen on a localized basis, and will incorporate reused and recycled elements where possible.
Starbucks said it will use the design strategy in stores as they are built and renovated. The company said it hopes to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification on all new Starbucks-operated stores starting in 2010.
While new store designs will reflect the character of the community, they will share several core characteristics, including an emphasis on enhanced energy efficiency, sourcing materials and employing craftsmen on a localized basis, and incorporating reused and recycled elements where possible. Other common elements include a focus on storytelling and customer engagement through all five senses.
“Ultimately, we hope customers will feel an enhanced sense of community, a deeper connection to our coffee heritage and a greater level of commitment to environmental consciousness,” said Arthur Rubinfeld, president, Starbucks Global Development.
Starbucks said the new design is on display in two stores in Seattle. Both locations are registered to be LEED certified.
Cub Foods awarded LEED Gold
Stillwater, Fla. Cub Foods and its parent company, Supervalu, announced Monday that Cub has become the first grocer in Minnesota to be awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification for one of its stores.
The Cub store, located in St. Paul, is one of just three supermarkets in the nation to successfully achieve LEED Gold Certification, which is the second highest certification that can be achieved in the LEED program.
Among the green features that helped the chain achieve certification were:
- Forty four skylights that illuminate 75% of regularly occupied spaces using a solar-powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed;
- The first commercial parking lot in Minnesota to be illuminated using just LED lights that only need to be replaced every 40 years and provide 50% energy savings;
- Half of the waste from buildings torn down on the construction site reused in the construction of the new building or recycled
- Thirty-five percent savings in lighting costs compared with typical Cub stores;
- Amaintenance-free floor eliminating the need for chemicals during the cleaning process; and
- Alandscape irrigation system that uses 50% less water than typical systems.
“Cub Foods submitted 41 points to the USGBC for LEED Gold consideration,” said Scott Reinke, senior project manager, Supervalu. “To have all 41 points approved is exceptional in the industry of green building development.”
SRS Energy develops BIPV roofing product
Philadelphia SRS Energy, a developer of sustainable solar-roofing products, has installed what it describes as the first building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing product designed for curved roofing systems, at Zwahlen’s Ice Cream & Chocolate Co., in Audubon, Pa.
The Sole Power Tile product is designed to blend seamlessly with several styles of clay tiles, providing energy without the use of traditional solar panels that can compromise a building’s roofline and curb appeal.