approaches of sustainability entrants, several
A.R.E. Design Award entries that did not enter
the sustainability division implemented such
strategies. In addition to one notable application of shades (this from a project that did
not purport to be green), solutions included
skylights, extensive glazing areas, glass and
frames designed to minimize heat gain or
loss depending on the climate, and sensors
and controls for artificial lighting.
Regional Sourcing: While it may
be premature to call this an emerging
trend, it’s noteworthy that two retail projects
were able to source more than a quarter of
their building materials within 800 kilometers (less than 500 miles) in an era when
fixtures are sometimes shipped overseas to
project sites. Even more impressive for a retail
project, one was able to use materials that
were not only fabricated but also extracted
within that range for 12 percent of the project’s materials. Regional sourcing minimizes
the GHG impact of transporting the materials
while supporting the regional economy.
Diagonal Lighting Layout: Two
entries cited significant reductions in
the lighting power load, along with operational and fixture cost cuts, due to diagonal
mounting configurations. Could this be the
next piece of low-hanging fruit for retailers?
This strategy, explored on page 20, certainly
Design for Disassembly: For
the first time ever, entries included
one whose team had planned for the decon-structability of the store. Extremely rare in
retail, this type of planning represents a
deeper level of green building commitment.
It goes beyond the profitability and image-enhancement benefits most brands seek
to address future sustainability. While this
was just one project, A.R.E.’s Sustainability
Council hopes to foster further development
by singling it out for recognition. This strategy will be explored in future content.
Carbon Footprint: The calculations for the overall carbon footprint
of a project are complicated and sometimes
open to interpretation. But one entrant this
year took that step, even going so far as to
have the 25 percent reduction from previous
prototypes verified by a third party. While
the calculations themselves may be complex, the ease of explaining one simple number or rating to consumers may lead some
brands to seek carbon footprint reporting for
individual stores, facets of their operations,
or even their overall enterprise.
Jo Rossman, LEED AP,
is A.R.E.’s manager
of sustainability and
E-mail her at jorossman
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