More from A.R.E.’s 2013 Sustainability Survey
HOW GREEN IS RETAIL?
Based on retail square footage, our retailer respondents say:
• 43 PERCEN T have comprehensive green building goals, but do not seek certification.
• 21 PERCENT use some green building strategies, but lack comprehensive green building goals.
• 18 PERCEN T seek certification such as LEED.
• 18 PERCEN T use no green building strategies at all.
WHO MAKES SUSTAINABILITY DECISIONS?
• 79 PERCEN T of retailers say that their in-house staff is actively involved
in determining design strategies.
• 84 PERCENT of retailers are actively involved in specifying sustainable materials.
• 53. 9 PERCEN T of retailers expect their contract design firms to build as green as possible.
THE NEED FOR EDUCATION—AND TEAMWORK?
• 100 PERCENT of designers say they often need to educate other parties about what it takes
to build green. (71 PERCENT have LEED APs and/or LEED Green Associates on staff.)
• 86 PERCENT of suppliers say that they often need to educate other parties about how their
products or services can contribute to a project’s sustainability. ( 54 PERCEN T have LEED APs
and/or LEED Green Associates on staff.)
Sustainable Strides for Staples
STAPLES’ SUSTAINABILIT Y PROGRAM focuses on having the greatest beneficial impact on
the environment, while meeting the needs of customers and business by selling sustainable
products and services, offering easy recycling solutions, eliminating operational waste, and
maximizing energy efficiency.
Strategies include energy reduction and conservation in all buildings, employing renewable
energy resources, and reducing the company’s carbon footprint. For several years, Staples has
collaborated with Boston-based Bergmeyer to evaluate and refine the company’s prototype
standards. New systems and building envelope requirements increase energy performance
while aligning the company’s current vision and commitment to sustainable store design.
At the outset of the
process, Bergmeyer hosted
a sustainability charrette
with Bergmeyer’s project
team, engineering consultants, and Staples’ key
stakeholders. During the
session, the team used
the current LEED for Retail
Scorecard and an energy
model of the existing
prototype as a baseline
for testing new strategies
and initiated goals for an
enhanced environmental and economic performance framework for future prototype locations.
Photo: Chun Y Lai Photography
During the design phase and implementation, the team researched environmentally friendly
building materials, incorporated energy-efficient technology and daylighting, and used energy
modeling to analyze energy usage, payback, and cost/benefit. While the team developed the
new standard prototype, the sustainable materials and technologies discovered from research
were incorporated into Staples locations that were simultaneously in design development.
As an example of how this prototype is translated into individual locations, Bergmeyer
partnered with Staples to design a new retail store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. This
location offers a unique upscale shopping experience and showcases many features found
in the latest prototype.
TOP THREE REASONS
TO BUILD GREEN STORES
Retailers who responded to A.R.E.’s May survey say:
1 BECAUSE IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO (62 PERCENT)
2 TO SAVE MONE Y OPERATIONALLY ( 46 PERCENT)
3 TO MEET CONSUMER DEMAND FOR THEIR ORGANIZATION TO BE A SUS TAINABLE
COMPANY ( 39 PERCENT)
86 percent of designers
THE NEAR FUTURE FOR
say that green building
projects still come
at a price premium.
SUSTAINABLE RETAIL ENVIRONMENTS?
Our survey respondents see many opportunities for
sustainable retail environments. Here are a few they identified:
• Focus on demolished materials for repurposing, reuse,
• Use recyclable materials in store and fixture design
• Reduce product packaging
• Reduce lighting and energy use through new technologies
• Consider materials and finishes—“These can be low-hanging
fruit that are easy and should happen, like specifying low/no
VOC paints and sealants,” notes one respondent.
SOURCE: A. R. E. Sustainability Surveys, May 2013, conducted with
retailers, designers, and suppliers; Jo Rossman, Jaymee Lewin,
and Tracy Dillon contributed to this report.
NOT SURE WHETHER
In the form of an interactive PDF, A.R. E.’s
Product Sustainability Worksheet
A PRODUCT IS SUSTAINABLE?
Product Sustainability Worksheet offers
a series of questions to help you sort
out the sustainability of a fixture, visual
merchandising product, or material.
Specifiers, buyers, and resource librarians
can use it to initiate a discussion with the
supplier. Suppliers can use it to evaluate
their companies’ products and strategies.
This worksheet inavailable for
downloadasan interactive PDF
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