Building Greener Stores
We're always looking for ways to improve the environmental performance of our stores.
Our approach to building sustainable stores began in the US and is now something we are doing across the globe. We are doing this through the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® programme (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in Retail)
It provides us with a framework of ensuring that our growth ambitions have minimum impact on the environment and our solutions are sustainable.
Designing, building and operating our stores in ways that reduce our impact on the planet is a key area of focus for us. We're incorporating everything from responsible building materials and furnishings to energy- and water-efficient measures into our store designs.
Since 2001, we've helped lead the work with other retailers and the USGBC to create a system to certify retail stores and store prototypes. This volume-certification process will pre-certify our green stores at the design, construction and operational strategy level. We'll then be held accountable through spot checks and continued review to ensure we are meeting the high standards we’ve set for ourselves. This is a huge opportunity for the USGBC and for retailers. Traditionally, LEED® certification has been accomplished one building at a time, making it difficult for retailers with hundreds of stores to participate.
We are focused on creating stores that are designed, constructed and operated with sustainability in mind. Our ongoing efforts to green our stores include a mix of design elements:
- LED lighting
- Lighting occupancy controls in back of house areas
- Heat recovery units to provide efficient heating and cooling into stores
- Zonal temperature controls within the store
- Using Energy Star qualified equipment
- Using recycled flooring tiles
- Using wood products that are Forest Stewardship Council–certified (where available)
- Using paints with lower amounts of volatile organic chemicals
- Installing low-flow valves throughout the store