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Albertsons' La Habra store gets LEED Silver distinction

It's the first major grocery retailer to earn designation on a remodel.

By Kristen SchottPublished: August 19, 2009 09:50 AM

Chuck Blackledge, director of Store Development, unveils the certification plaque.
Albertsons' La Habra store has garnered Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – aka LEED – Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The move marks Albertsons as the first major retail grocery store to earn the distinction for an interior remodel.

The 55,711-square-foot facility's renovation began in September 2008 and was completed in December. It focused on implementing energy-efficient standards throughout the store. More than 95 percent of the remodel's construction waste was separated and recycled or donated to reduce the amount of garbage going into the landfills.

“As the newest member of the LEED family of green buildings, Albertsons’ La Habra, Calif., location is an important addition to the growing strength of the green building movement," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chairman of the Green Building Council.

Among its green features: water-saving faucets, fixtures and sensors installed in the restrooms, which reduce the amount of water used by more than 45 percent; Internet energy monitoring of refrigeration, lighting, air conditioning and heating; carbon dioxide sensors and high-grade air filters; and more than 40 skylights and photo sensor-controlled dimmable lighting on the sales floor to maintain a comfortable environment for shoppers.

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