TD Bank building nation’s first net-zero energy bank
Cherry Hill, N.J. — TD Bank announced it is building a net-zero energy bank location, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, defines a net-zero energy building as a building that produces and exports in a year at least as much renewable power as the total energy it uses.)
The new facility, scheduled to open this spring, will be connected to the local utility grid. It will require approximately 97,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity a year to operate, but it will produce a minimum of 100,000 kWh a year on site. To date, only eight buildings in the nation are registered as net zero energy buildings with the DOE, and TD Bank will be the first to register a net-zero energy bank.
"The nation’s first net-zero energy bank is a continuation of TD Bank’s ongoing efforts to reduce our environmental footprint," said Jacquelynn Henke, real estate green strategy officer, TD Bank, which is one of the 10 largest banks in the United States. "In 2010 we became the largest U.S.-based bank to be carbon neutral by building LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) -certified stores and offices, and making continuous significant investments in renewable energy. With our new net-zero energy store, we are taking another step to become as green as our logo."
The new TD Bank will also target the highest level of LEED certification, LEED Platinum. It is being built according to TD Bank’s green-store design standards, which make all of its locations almost 50% more energy efficient than the bank’s previous design. Features include a solar drive-thru canopy that produces nearly 20% of the buildings’ annual energy needs and design elements that make them more energy efficient to help them achieve LEED certification. The Ft. Lauderdale location, however, will also generate energy through solar panels mounted on the store’s roof and a field of solar panels on the building’s surrounding property.
Safeway ups expansion
New York City — Safeway will combat an aggressive crop of new rivals with an expansion that includes nine stores in the West, of which six will be in the San Francisco Bay area, according to the Oakland Tribune.
The chain plans to open stores in Pleasanton, Castro Valley, El Cerrito, Campbell, Los Gatos and Burlingame. It also is working to obtain city approvals for stores in Pleasant Hill, Emeryville and Berkeley, the report said, and is eyeing a new store in the Oakland hills.
"We are clearly opening more new stores in 2011 than we have opened in any one year over the last four or five years," said Karl Schroeder, president of Safeway’s Northern California Division, in the article.
In recent months, various Safeway rivals, including Fresh & Easy and Sprouts Farmers Market, have disclosed plans for new stores in numerous spots in the Bay Area.
Asics opens futuristic flagship in Amsterdam
New York City — Athletic goods and footwear company Asics has opened an ultra-modern flagship in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The two-level store, located next to the city’s legendary Vondelpark running center, has a sleek, futuristic design and offers several exclusive services, including advanced biomechanical and running analysis systems. Click here to see photos.
“The Asics Flagship Store in Amsterdam is more than a store. The services we are offering here, such as the professional Running LAB or the Running Club, are unique. It will offer the full Asics running experience and help us build a strong relationship with our customers. We believe that the success of this store will lead to more Asics stores opening in major European capitals,” said Fernando Pina Mulas, head of retail at ASICS Europe B.V.