Stop & Shop and parent Ahold USA on Wednesday said stores in the Massachusetts towns of Wayland, Hyannis and Hyde Park have received Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Stop & Shop has 13 LEED certified superstores, with four having received LEED Silver certification. Starting with the site design, all recently designated Silver stores implemented storm water management techniques to treat storm water runoff and remove pollutants. The Hyannis store used permeable pavers and bio filtration islands in the parking areas to reduce and treat runoff. The Wayland store was able to significantly reduce the quantity of storm water runoff leaving the site by using low impact development techniques, reducing runoff impacts to surrounding areas.
The site lighting design for the Hyannis store achieved the Light Pollution Reduction credit reducing light trespass and minimizing negative impacts of nighttime light pollution. The Wayland store is the first to achieve the LEED credit for On-Site Renewable Energy, using 627 photovoltaic panels on the roof to generate electricity. The panels generate renewable energy that offsets 12.6% of the store’s total energy costs and reduces carbon emissions, the c ompany said. The Wayland store is also the second store to install a CO2 refrigeration system and thereby achieve a LEED credit for innovative refrigeration. The system improves energy efficiency of this equipment by about 40% and reduces global warming impacts by nearly 50%.
All three stores achieved several Materials and Resources LEED credits by utilizing an average of 26% recycled content materials, 45% regional materials and nearly 90% certified wood. In addition to the standard Ahold palette of environmentally-friendly interior materials that achieve a number of the credits for materials and healthy indoor air quality, two of these stores, Hyde Park and Hyannis, achieved a credit for installing ceiling and wall systems that meet stringent indoor air quality standards. In addition to building LEED certified stores, Stop & Shop is also committed to reducing its energy consumption in all its stores as part of its goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015 using 2008 as a base line.
The company is also focused on reducing its cardboard, plastic, organic and food waste and has set a goal to reach zero waste by 2020. This means that at least 90% of its total waste will be diverted from landfills.
“We are utilizing innovative green building technologies, and building our new stores according to the LEED standards, this is part of our commitment to environmental stewardship and our promise to be a Better Neighbor,” Joe Kelley, president of the Stop & Shop New England Division said in a statement.
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