All New Office Depot Stores Aim for LEED Certification

All New Office Depot Stores Aim for LEED Certification

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Based on the energy saved by its LEED-Gold store in Austin, Office Depot will seek LEED-Commercial Interiors certification for all of its new stores starting in June this year.

The Austin store, which was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in May 2008, has paved the way for Office Depot to work toward earning LEED certification for 14 new stores that are in the works, including another store in Austin set to open in June.

By tracking energy, emissions, water efficiency and other factors at the LEED Austin store over the course of a year and comparing those details to nearby non-LEED Office Depot stores, the company found that the LEED store's carbon intensity was 23 percent lower, it uses 14 percent less electricity, it lowered its electricity costs by 16 percent and it is 15 percent more energy efficient.

To attain LEED certification for its new stores, Office Depot plans to use a range of Energy Star and energy efficient equipment, appliances and lighting along with an energy management system that tracks energy use and trends.

The stores' other features will include skylights where possible to brighten up as much as 90 percent of a store, reflective roofs that allow the interiors of stores to stay cooler, a range of water-conserving fixtures, recycling of construction waste where possible, 50 percent of its wood from Forest Stewardship Council certified sources and purchases of renewable energy.

In addition to its plan to pursue LEED-CI certification for new stores, Office Depot also has a green building strategy for all new stores it builds. In January 2009, the company became the first retailer to earn LEED-Gold pre-certification for its prototype design for new stores and said it would use the prototype for all new stores for which it manages construction from the ground up.

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