ALDI’s urban streetscape location in Alexandria, Virginia, recently received a Three Green Globes® rating.
The 17,132 square foot store included a number of sustainable design features to receive this certification, promoting sustainability for the brand and the local community.
ABOUT GREEN GLOBES
Green Globes® is a certification program developed by the Green Building Initiative® (GBI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of building practices that result in resource efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings.
To obtain three Green Globes, the ALDI project team earned up to 70%-84% of the total 1,000 points during the certification process.
Green Globes buildings go through a rigorous third-party endorsement process and are certified on a scale from one-to-four Green Globes, four being the highest level of sustainable achievement.
New and existing buildings with Green Globes certification have a number of benefits. Green Globes buildings have lower energy and water bills, and increased recycling.
Visit the Green Building Initiative site for more information.
THE PATH TO A THREE GREEN GLOBES CERTIFICATION
When considering sustainable design, ALDI chose to pursue Green Globes® certification for its Alexandria, Virginia location. Green Globes includes ENERGY STAR, which has a specific category for supermarkets. Because grocers face unique challenges related to heavy refrigeration loads, the inclusion of ENERGY STAR was critical.
The store is ALDI’s first three Green Globes building—certifying that the building meets sustainable goals in energy, water, materials, resources, emissions, and indoor environments.
The team achieved three Green Globes through a number of sustainable features, including:
- A 40 kilowatt solar-array roof that will generate an estimated 40,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually—enough electricity to power three, single-family homes per year.
- Whole building commissioning, meaning that all building systems—from the building envelope and structural systems to the HVAC and communication systems—were tested for maximum efficiency.
- An ENERGY STAR design score of 92, resulting in potential energy efficiencies.