From the article below we can see that in any project benefits can be achieved by planning ahead and incorporation “green” construction initiatives. The new Schnucks grocery store in Newburgh has many of the “green” features and the management of Schnucks hopes that they will eventually earn L.E.E.D. certification which is a national program recognizing exceptional green building designs. LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System. More than 43,000 people have earned the credential since the Professional Accreditation program was launched in 2001.
Newburgh Schnucks is "green" in every aisle
By Chad Sewich
NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) - Schnucks hopes to ring-up big sales with its new grocery store in Newburgh. But it's not just dollars that has the company seeing green.
From the green floors made with non-toxic materials to the energy efficient lighting, the new Schnucks store in Newburgh has a green footprint in every aisle.
Ross Hutsel, Schnucks Facility Engineer says, "This store is the evolution of several sustainable design initiatives that we have been putting into place for the last 18 months."
The new store is 20,000 square feet larger than the Schnucks it replaces, but uses the same amount of energy. Along with the flooring, low-volatile paint, adhesives and carpeting were used to improve indoor air quality. Other features include a state of the art energy management system which monitors and adjusts lighting, heating, air conditioning and high energy-consuming monsters like refrigeration cases. Energy efficient LED lighting is used in the freezer department and motion detectors turn lights off in backrooms when not in use.
Hutsel says even the restrooms are green designed. "They use a combination of sensor technology, low flow toilets and devices that reduce consumption significantly."
Customers say they like the green approach. "We've got to cut anyway we can and every little bit helps in what you can do," says Charlotte Dockins.
The green store design is still a work in progress for Schnucks. In the future, they hope to add motion detectors in the frozen food cases and skylights to help reduce energy costs.
Schnucks hopes a new store planned for the Darmstadt area will take the green concept even further in the future.
Schnucks hopes to eventually earn L.E.E.D. certification which is a national program recognizing exceptional green building designs.