JCPenney store goes green with LEED in Fairview
J. C. Penney Company Inc broke ground Oct. 23 in Fairview, Texas, on its first store registered and expected to obtain LEED certification.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System(TM), administered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. The 115,000-square-foot JCPenney store will open in August 2009 as an anchor of Fairview's new 1 million-square-foot lifestyle center, The Village at Fairview.
Because LEED criteria are performance-based, LEED documentation will be submitted to the USGBC for formal approval once the store is complete. To receive certification, a building must satisfy requirements and earn points in six categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design.
"JCPenney is committed to pursuing environmental initiatives in ways that make sense for the Company," said Michael Dastugue, senior vice president and director of property development. "Because LEED is the recognized benchmark for green building, this store will provide further insights to features and best practices that can help the environment and potentially deliver long-term energy and cost savings. All of our efforts to reduce environmental impact reflect our 'Every Day Matters' philosophy and commitment to the communities in which we operate."
Based on its design, the Fairview JCPenney store is expected to use 41 percent less energy than the average similar building. Beyond JCPenney's standard new-store design features such as a reflective white roof and energy-efficient lighting, additional features are expected to contribute to reducing the store's environmental impact, including:
- Landscape materials selected to reduce irrigation needs by 50 percent compared with similar stores.
- Plumbing fixtures that reduce building water consumption by 20 percent.
- Segmenting and recycling of construction waste. Contractors will divert 50 percent or more of the construction debris and waste from local landfills.
- Use of recycled content in store construction, such as cotton batt insulation made from recycled denim.
- Use of regional materials harvested, manufactured and delivered from within 500 miles of the store site to reduce transportation emissions.
- A heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system that is 21 percent more energy efficient than those for comparable new buildings.
- An Energy Management System that allows remote monitoring and control of HVAC and lighting systems.
Additionally, and consistent with JCPenney's focus on superior energy management practices, the Fairview store has been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR," makingJCPenney the first national retailer to receive this designation for implementation of energy conservation from the store design stage.