Future Shop opens first LEED certified store in Alberta
Future Shop, Canada’s largest retailer of consumer electronics, announced its first store certified as Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED). The South Edmonton Common Future Shop in Edmonton, AB recently received this designation for a host of leading green features throughout its largest retail centre.
“We had an environmentally conscious building in mind when we starting planning the construction our flagship South Edmonton Common Future Shop in 2008,” said Grant McTaggart, Vice President of Administration, Future Shop. “We’re committed to applying principles of sustainability into the construction of new stores as well as making improvements to our existing locations.”
A variety of sustainability attributes are housed within 53,000 sq. ft. of the South Edmonton Common Future Shop store, including:
- More than 50 per cent of all construction material used to build the store was from recycled goods.
- About 28 per cent of the total construction material used recycled content.
- Thirty-eight per cent of building materials were extracted and manufactured within 800 kms of the store.
- Use of low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) off-gas emitting carpets, paints and adhesives
Additionally, the building design and computer systems allow the store to use over 39 per cent less energy than the Model National Energy Code for building standards, such as zoned controlled air-conditioning and lighting systems.
“To have our largest and most innovative store receive LEED certification is a great accomplishment,” said Todd Empey, Vice President of Operations, Future Shop. “This designation reinforces our commitment to improving the sustainability throughout our operations. It also showcases the positive steps we’re taking in the communities where we live and work.”
The LEED designation of the Edmonton South Common Future Shop comes just weeks after the company announced its consumer electronics recycling program in all Future Shop locations in Alberta, except Grande Prairie. Dubbed “Electronics Take Back,” residents can safely retire items, such as TVs, computers and peripherals, desktop printers and monitors.
For more information, visit www.futureshop.ca/futuregeneration.