If Public and Private Sector Companies and Organizations across the US retrofit with LED Tubes, LED Fixtures, and LED Lamps, the Energy Saving Performance is outstanding. The Data and Calculations below illustrate the Sample Performance of LEDs across America for this Property Type:
|US Census DATA||Property Type||Mercantile 'Retail'|
|# of Buildings in the US||667,000|
|Total Square Footage||10,398,000,000|
|Run Time (Hours / Week)||65|
|Run Time (Hours / Year)||3,380|
|ASHRAE DATA||Baseline Watts / sq. ft.||1.5|
|Industry Avg.||50% Savings with LEDs||0.75|
|Consumption Calculatitions||Current Watts Used||15,597,000,000|
|Current Annual kWh Used||52,717,860,000|
|Avg. US Cost / kWh||$0.11|
|Current Annual Cost of Lighting||$5,798,964,600|
|SAVINGS with LEDs||Annual kWh Saved with LEDs||26,358,930,000|
|Annual $ Savings with LEDs||$2,899,482,300|
|7 year $
Saved with LEDs
|The Environmental Impact||lbs of CO2 Saved per kWh||1.3|
|Annual lbs of CO2 Saved with LEDs||34,266,609,000|
|7 year lbs of CO2 Saved with LEDs||239,866,263,000|
|7 year Tons of CO2 Saved with LEDs||119,933,132|
|Vehicles (SUVs) Taken Off the Road||2,855,551|
The Better Building Initiative companies in this category are highlighted below. We applaud their leadership in Energy Reduction:
Sustainability and/or Energy Reduction Leadership:
Best Buy is a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with over $50 billion in annual revenue, leasing or owning more than 55 million square feet of retail space in the U.S. alone. Best Buy is a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability, implementing increased efficiency operations, and instituting a recycling program, across its stores. Best Buy has committed to reduce its energy consumption in 55 million square feet of retail space 20% by 2020 in North America. As a first step, Best Buy has been moving forward to implement an Enterprise Energy Management Solution to centralize the tracking and management of energy consumption throughout all of its stores. The system will include both an upgrade and centralization of technology as well as support infrastructure to manage energy and will also tie in with the service management of store infrastructure. Best Buy will be implementing a number of energy savings techniques using the new system, including eliminating overcooling of space in various zones in stores, correcting electrical phase imbalances and identifying and reducing high energy consumption during non-business hours. With LED tubes that are Made in American with Domestic and Imported components according to Buy American ARRA standards, Best Buy can save 50% or more on its electricity for lighting and also help create the jobs that support American Energy Independence.
Leadership: Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn
Article: November 4, 2011
Best Buy CEO: Sustainability is serious business:
SAN FRANCISCO - Best Buy is already the retail world’s largest collector and handler of electronic waste, but that is not enough when it comes to its sustainability aspirations. Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn is pushing for the company to become the consumer electronics industry’s leader in total product lifecycle management. Sustainability for Best Buy is a serious business opportunity.
“Product stewardship falls into our wheelhouse,” said Dunn during his keynote address at BSR Conference 2011 here. “Our goal is to be the consumer electronics industry’s leader across the entire span of the lifecycle.”
Consumers may not be asking for e-waste or end-of-life services now, but they will become table stakes for the retail industry within three to four years, Dunn said. Retailers ignore this at their own peril, he suggested. One of the most obvious expressions of that strategy is the company’s fast-growing program for handling e-waste. “We are fully in favor of an electronic waste bill,” Dunn said. Best Buy customers can already arrange to take Best Buy-purchased products back to stores at certain points in their lifecycle, receiving some sort of prearranged value. Customer can bring most sorts of electronics devices into stores to have them recycled for free, and for a $100 fee Best Buy employees will come to your home and pick up bigger appliances or gadgets.
Sustainability and/or Energy Reduction Leadership:
Supervalu: With over 2,500 retail stores nationwide including Albertson's, Shaw's, Jewel-Osco, Cub, Farm Fresh, and more SUPERVALU has been at the heart of the retail grocery business for over 140 years. At the core of its mission is being America’s Neighborhood Grocer and reducing energy use and waste across its portfolio is a key component. With over 89 million square feet SUPERVALU is excited to be working with the Department of Energy to build the grocery store of the future and as a member of the Better Building Challenge plans to reduce by 20 percent its energy consumption by 2020. With LED tubes that are Made in American with Domestic and Imported components according to Buy American ARRA standards, Supervalu can save 50% or more on its electricity for lighting and also help create the jobs that support American Energy Independence.
Supervalu Sustainability goals:
To reduce carbon emissions by 10 percent by the end of 2012 (from 2007 baseline levels).
To reduce our landfill waste by 50 percent by 2012.
To build a "green" culture with SUPERVALU associates through education, communication and engagement.
To provide "green" products and services to our customers that supports them in meeting their personal environmental goals.
Kohl’s Department Stores
Sustainability and/or Energy Reduction Leadership:
Kohl’s Department Stores: As a national retail company, Kohl’s knows that its biggest impact on the environment comes from the energy use of its more than 1,000 stores and has made managing energy use a key strategy for driving savings and conserving resources. Kohl’s manages energy-related initiatives in energy management, ENERGY STAR certification and renewable energy, including solar. By joining the Better Buildings Challenge, Kohl’s commits to reduce its use of energy in more than 112 million square feet of occupied building space by at least 20 percent by 2020. With LED tubes that are Made in American with Domestic and Imported components according to Buy American ARRA standards, Kohl’s Department Stores can save 50% or more on its electricity for lighting and also help create the jobs that support American Energy Independence.
Kohl’s Leadership: Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive vice president of store planning and logistics
May 24, 2011 “Kohl’s associates and suppliers have long made sustainability – particularly energy efficiency and waste reduction – part of their business practices,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s executive vice president of store planning and logistics. “Over the last several years, in the midst of the company’s continued growth, we’ve worked to formalize these initiatives and set goals that will truly have a positive, long-term impact for our business and our communities. We know that sustainability is an ongoing, comprehensive process that requires commitment from associates and business partners, and this report is one of the ways we can share what we’re doing and where we’re going.”
Building Design: Source: http://www.kohlsgreenscene.com/KohlsInitiatives/BuildingDesign.html
As a growing company opening stores and other facilities annually, Kohl's makes constructing efficient buildings a top priority. Kohl's is an active member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and uses their principles when designing, constructing and operating new stores. In 2008, two major milestones were met by the Kohl's Store Planning team. First, as a participant in the USGBC's LEED for Retail and Volume Certification pilot programs, Kohl's has achieved LEED "pre-certification" of its various store prototypes and achieved a recognized third-party verification that Kohl's builds environmentally friendly buildings. The other milestone was the completion of the Kohl's Photo Studio which utilized LEED criteria for its design, construction and operation.
Learn more about Kohl's "L.E.E.D.ING" the way with store construction.
Learn more about Kohl's Photo Studio.
Kohl's New Store Prototype:
Long-term sustainability is a key decision driver in all construction at Kohl's. Kohl's is making a difference in store construction through sustainable design, construction, energy efficiency and operating practices. The following highlights show how Kohl's has implemented this process from the ground up.
Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
Construction activities can be very disruptive to the surrounding environment. To minimize impacts and reduce pollution from construction activities, Kohl's has a nationwide Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that is implemented at every new store location. Kohl's works with a national SWPPP consultant to prepare a site-specific erosion and sedimentation control plan for every Kohl's site to ensure the control of soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation.
Reduction in private vehicle use reduces fuel consumption as well as air and water pollutants in vehicle exhaust. In some new store locations, bike racks and changing facilities are provided for employees and customers. Starting in 2009, all new Kohl’s stores will have bike racks on site.
Heat Island Effect
Heat islands are created as cities replace natural land cover with buildings, asphalt, and other dark-colored hard-surface infrastructure. This causes both the air and surface temperatures to be higher than in nearby rural areas resulting in increased energy demands. Kohl's stores utilize a roofing material that is a "Cool White" ENERGY STAR-rated TPO roof. This material reduces the building's energy demand and mitigates its heat island impacts.
Landscaping plant materials utilized nationwide are native or adaptive to their specific climate. The plant materials utilized will result in a major reduction in the amount of irrigation water needed to support the plants. The Kohl's irrigation system will be primarily drip emitters which prevent the loss of water through evapotranspiration which typically occurs as water flies through the air in traditional spray irrigation. The systems are controlled by a "smart" irrigation controller that monitors weather and climate conditions prior to activating the irrigation system. The innovations in landscape and irrigation will reduce the potable water used by Kohl's for irrigation by 50%. At some new store sites no permanent irrigation will be installed or an alternative water source will be utilized. As a result no potable drinking water will be used to irrigate plant material in those locations.
Water Efficient Building
Two out of three people in the world will face water shortages by 2025. Water is a valuable resource that is taken seriously by Kohl's. Water-conserving plumbing fixtures were selected to reduce the new Kohl's stores' water consumption by 20% and in some locations a water savings of over 30% will be achieved.
Construction Waste Management
Clean construction waste currently contributes approximately 30% of all materials in U.S. landfills. All of the waste generated by the construction of new Kohl's stores will be carefully managed to ensure that the least possible amount of debris is sent to landfills and incinerators. Non-hazardous construction waste materials will be separated by the contractor. These include: concrete, cardboard, carpet, metals, drywall and wood. The result of this effort will divert an estimated 50-75% of construction waste materials form local landfills!
Recycled Content in Building Materials
To reduce the demand on virgin materials and reduce the environmental impacts of material extraction and the manufacturing process, numerous items utilized in the construction of new Kohl's stores have recycled material content. Building materials like concrete, steel, carpeting, ceiling tiles, drywall and insulation all have been selected with the maximum amounts of post- and pre-consumer recycled content in mind. An estimated 20%+ of the total building materials (by cost) utilized in new Kohl's stores is recycled!
Regionally Sourced Building Materials
Regionally manufactured and harvested building materials have been selected in the construction of new Kohl's stores to reduce the environmental impacts of transporting heavy building materials. Key building materials like concrete, concrete masonry units, pre-cast/tilt-up panels and steel all have been sourced within 500 miles of each new store site. An estimated 20%+ of the total building materials (by cost) utilized in new Kohl's stores will be sourced within 500 miles of the sites!
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) have been purchased to "green" 35% of this building's power. RECs in the form of mixed renewable energy sources from landfill gases are supplied to Kohl's from Waste Management Renewable Energy. Waste Management generates energy at landfills across the country and is a major trash hauler for the store.
Building Efficiency/ Thermal Comfort/ Commissioning
Building efficiency helps the environment and saves money. Kohl's installs mechanical controlling systems in this building to effectively monitor both the heating and cooling of all new stores. Six to ten months after the new stores are occupied a commissioning agent will reevaluate and adjust the building's HVAC heating, ventilating and air conditioning to optimize efficiency and enhance the thermal comfort of the employees and customers. These systems will also be balanced and reviewed two times per year by experts in the field to assure a continual optimization of building energy use and continued thermal comfort.
Improved indoor air quality enhances the work environment for Kohl's employees and customers. Chemically polluted indoor air can lead to illness, respiratory problems, nausea, fatigue and increased absenteeism. New Kohl's stores are constructed with low VOC materials. The low VOC materials used in Kohl's stores reduce the fumes associated with paints, sealants, carpets, adhesives, insulation and wall systems. In addition, there is a NO SMOKING policy for the interior of new Kohl's stores and within twenty-five feet of any entrance.
Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring & Increased Ventilation
Kohl's stores feature a great amount of fresh air ventilation and carbon monoxide monitoring. A centralized energy management system controls the HVAC within each store. The units are programmed to provide an adequate supply of outside air at times when cooling is not needed in the buildings. Fresh air will constantly be circulated throughout the new stores. The increased amount of ventilation in Kohl's stores adds to the overall air quality of the buildings during seasons when buildings often become stagnant and closed up.
The use of "Green" cleaning supplies reduces the exposure of new store occupants and maintenance staff to potentially harmful chemicals which can adversely impact the air quality of the building. New Kohl's stores will be cleaned using green housekeeping methods and green chemicals approved by Kohl's and supplied by our contract cleaning vendors. In addition, all restroom paper products are made from 100% recycled materials.
Did you know that by recycling one aluminum can enough energy is saved to run a TV for 3 hours? Or that every ton of office paper recycled saves 380 gallons of oil? Recycling is the right thing to do! New Kohl's stores recycle office paper, cans, glass, cardboard, hangers and plastic. Receptacles throughout the facility are designated for the sorting and collection of refuse materials that can be recycled. There is even an area for our employees and customers to bring in plastic bags from home to further support recycling!
The Kohl's Photo Studio is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and opened in early 2008. This is the first building Kohl's has planned, designed and constructed using the United States Green Building Council's LEED rating system. LEED-certified buildings conserve natural resources, reduce operating costs and minimize the strain on local infrastructures. Kohl's is currently pursuing a LEED Gold certification, by the USGBC, for this building. The following highlights explain the sustainable elements of the building.
Rapidly Renewable Materials
Rapidly renewable building materials regenerate more quickly than the demand for the products, unlike nonrenewable conventional building products which are mined or harvested like granite, marble and hardwood trees. The Photo Studio uses cork and bamboo flooring. These choices help reduce the environmental impact of this building.
Much of the lumber and permanent wood features like cabinets and doors utilized in the construction of the Photo Studio were constructed out of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood. Using certified wood products assures that U.S. forests will be managed with sustainable criteria and will be available for generations to come.
Construction Waste Management
All of the waste generated by the construction of the Photo Studio was carefully managed to ensure that the least possible amount of debris was sent to landfills and incinerators. Nonhazardous construction waste materials were separated by the contractor. These include: concrete, cardboard, carpet, metals, drywall and wood. The result of this effort diverted 206 tons of waste materials form local landfills! That is approximately 64% of the waste generated by weight.
The Photo Studio site utilizes an existing regional detention basin located east of the property. In addition, this site has a pretreatment pond located on the east side of the property. The water quality pond will remove 80% of total suspended solids (pollutants) from the storm water flowing from the parking lot and landscape areas. Besides improving water quality, the pond is pumped to provide all the irrigation water for the landscaping present on site.
All landscaping plants at the Photo Studio are native adaptive trees, shrubs and ground cover (no turf grass) requiring 50% less water. The irrigation system for the Photo Studio is a drip system using the on-site pond water. This system is controlled by the Weather TRAK controller that monitors weather and climate conditions prior to activating the irrigation system. The Weather TRAK system will reduce irrigation at this system by 50% and no potable drinking water will be used to irrigate any plant material on site.
Heat Island Effect
Heat islands are created as cities replace natural land cover with buildings, asphalt and other dark-color hard-surface infrastructure. This causes both the air and surface temperatures to be higher than in nearby rural areas resulting in increased energy demands. This building has several features to mitigate its heat island impacts. The roof is a "Cool White" ENERGY STAR-rated roof that helps reduce the building's energy demand. The roof also contains an area of green roof-vegetated trays which also absorb the sunlight without contributing to the site's heat island effect. The amount of asphalt used in the parking lot was reduced and areas of "high-albedo" concrete pavements were added. The "high-albedo" materials reduce reflection and outside temperature. The majority of the remaining parking lot asphalt will be shaded by trees and other landscape elements on site.
Light Pollution Reduction
About 2,500 individual stars should be visible to the human eye in an unpolluted night sky; but in a typical suburb only 200 to 300 stars are visible and in a city (like Milwaukee) fewer than a dozen stars may shine through the artificially lit sky. Several design choices were made to minimize our light pollution. The Photo Studio has no exterior up lights. The sign on the outside of the building is illuminated using LED technology. Full cutoff light fixtures utilized in the parking areas reduce light trespass off site and up into the night sky. Light Pollution wastes energy and can be a detriment to the quality of the environment. At Kohl's we hope to transform the future of our night sky.
On-Site Renewable Energy
Currently, renewable energy accounts for only 2.3% of the United States energy supply. Kohl's has partnered with We Energies and SunEdison to install a photovoltaic array on the roof of the Photo Studio. The system was installed in April 2008 and became operational in July 2008. It will supply 20% of the building's power needs directly to the building. This system has over 800 solar panels generating clean, silent renewable power in Milwaukee.
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) have been purchased to "green" 70% of this building's power in the form of mixed renewable energy sources including biomass and wind generation. These RECs are supplied to Kohl's from Sterling Planet.
Energy efficiency helps the environment and saves money. Kohl's has installed mechanical controlling systems in this building to effectively supply both heating and cooling to the facility. These systems are balanced and reviewed two times per year by experts in the field to assure optimal use of energy at this location.
Improved indoor air quality enhances the work environment for the associates using the Kohl's Photo Studio. Poor indoor air can lead to illness, respiratory problems, nausea and fatigue and increased absenteeism. This building was constructed with all low VOC materials. The low VOC materials used in the Photo Studio reduce the fumes associated with paints, carpets and adhesives. In addition, there is a NO SMOKING policy for the interior of the building and only a small designated area outside to accommodate smokers. The building also features an increased amount of fresh air ventilation and carbon monoxide monitoring.
Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring & Increased Ventilation
A centralized energy management system controls the HVAC units on this building. This assures the supply of outside air at times when cooling is not needed in the building. Fresh air will constantly be circulated to throughout the building. The increased amount of ventilation adds to the overall air quality of the building during seasons when buildings often become stagnant and closed up.
Daylight & Views
Numerous windows have been added to the façade of the Photo Studio, and the southern orientation of the building brings in sunlight throughout the day. Windows provide "borrowed" light in the central stockroom area. The use of glass doors in some conference rooms allows even greater penetration of sunlight into the building interior. There will be a roof-deck/outdoor photo studio to shoot with access to direct sunlight and provide more light exposure for our models.
The use of "Green" cleaning supplies reduces the exposure of building occupants and maintenance staff to potentially harmful chemicals which can adversely impact the air quality of the building. This building is cleaned using green housekeeping methods and green chemicals approved by Kohl's and supplied by our contract cleaning vendors. In addition, all restroom paper products are made from 100% recycled materials.
This building recycles all office paper, cans, glass, cardboard and plastic. Areas throughout the facility are designated for the sorting and collection of refuse materials that can be recycled. There is even an area for our associates to bring in plastic bags from home to further support recycling!
What's Next? ...LED Tubes and Multi-Tube Highbay Fixtures to reduce the electricity costs by 50%.