Hannaford Bros. Co. of Scarborough, Maine has announced the opening of the nation’s first LEED Platinum grocery store in Augusta, Maine on July 25th, 2011. Fore Solutions, a consulting firm in Portland, Maine, where the Green Building and LEED Project Managers that helped Hannaford develop their first LEED store.
This is certainly an impressive building, and a huge step towards changing the direction of commercial building design and sustainable building practices in Maine. This being the first LEED Platinum certified grocery store in the nation says something about Hannaford and Maine business leaders dedication to moving the local scale up a few notches. We hope that this will set a precedence for more local businesses to think ahead in terms of carbon footprint and energy efficiency.
- The site was previously developed. 96% of demolition debris and 99% of the contents of the building were either recycled or reused.
- The store has fuel-efficient vehicle parking spaces, carpool spaces for employees, and bicycle racks.
- A 7,000 square foot green roof will reduce water runoff, help insulate the store and reclaim greenspace.
- Low-flow, dual-flush toilets, waterless urinals, and low-flow faucets along with water saving process equipment such as iceless cases in the seafood department will reduce water use by more than 38% as compared to a typical store.
- Expected to use 50% less energy than a typical grocery store.
- Reclaimed heat from the GreenChill refrigeration system will meet almost 100% of the store’s heating needs.
- Two geothermal wells 750 feet below ground will help regulate the store’s interior temperature.
- A 41 kilowatt solar array provides on-site power.
- At times of the day when daylighting is at its maximum, much of the electric lighting in the store will be turned off to save energy.
Source – For more go to www.fore-solutions.com