Sustainable retail environments
go far beyond outdoor brands.
86% of retailers employ
some level of sustainability
in their store projects.
28% set specific green
building goals for select
24% set specific green
building goals for most or
all of their store projects.
A.R.E.’s sustAinAbility CounCil
As retail rebounds, sustainability is once again on
store planners’ radar screens. A. R.E.’s Sustainability
Council met by virtual roundtable in April. The association’s green building gurus identified current developments, challenges, and opportunities.
1 sustainability is now assumed. The retail environments
industry is far more aware of sustainability than it was
a few years ago, and retailers and project teams expect
projects to demonstrate some aspects of green building.
But specific goals are less common. Often, the level of sustainability and how it is applied is left up to the designer—
within the bounds of budgetary and other constraints
and usually without much discussion.
2 Certification is rarely the goal. While retail is recovering,
the majority of projects in the works are minor refreshes.
Not every project with sustainable aspects is eligible for
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SOURCE: A.R.E. Green Building Surveys of
Retailers, Designers, and Suppliers, May 2012