Convenience Store Decisions Article
By John Lofton
Savvy convenience store chains are leading the charge toward more energy-efficient store equipment that both respects the environment and lowers operating costs, using everything from LED lighting and state-of-the-art cooler doors to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings and clean fleet initiatives to do so.
Doing the Right Things
It’s the right thing to do for the environment. Customer perceptions of retail companies often start with what they see and experience in the stores. Customers equate cleanliness with safety,
Feldman chose a high-efficiency lighting system that included LEDs, both inside the store and under the gas canopies, and energy-free cooler doors made of multi-layered glass that remains condensation-free without using additional heat. On the exterior of the building, the company uses a highly reflective roof material that increases the store’s interior efficiency without adding to the urban heat island effect.
The company also opted for an ultra-light concrete mix that helps to reflect the sun and made extensive use of regional materials that didn’t need to be trucked far to lower the construction’s carbon footprint. “The brick, aggregate for the concrete and gypsum board were all mined and manufactured in central Iowa,” Feldman proudly noted.
We used LEDs under the canopies for energy efficiency and also to provide the light levels perceived necessary for safety that we just couldn’t get with other lighting systems,” Feldman said
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