REI last month opened its second prototype store that will test the performance of green building features.
Built from the ground up in Round Rock, Texas, the store is projected to consume 48 percent less energy than a typical store that meets industry standards. It was built using the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.
Some features of the store:
- It will generate a portion of its power from an integrated photovoltaic system, solar panel installation and a solar hot water system. These features will generate 13 percent of the store’s electricity and heat 70 percent of the store’s water that is used for restrooms and employee showers (Who knew REI had employee showers?).
- Solatubes — those cool devices that send light down through a tube from the roof into a room — will diffuse natural light, offsetting electrical consumption by 5 percent as an automated lighting system dims or turns off unneeded artificial lighting throughout the store.
- All additional power needs will be met through green power, specifically energy generated from biomass digesters.
And that’s just to name of few of the features.
The light is green in Round Rock.