Supermarket of the Future LEEDs in Energy Efficiency
Supermarkets are not necessarily the most energy efficient buildings: aisles of wide open refrigerators and freezers, bombastic electric lighting reminiscent of The Shining, and then you have all that hauling of packaging and expired food. An Albertson’s (owned by SuperValu) in Claremont, California, however, is now a showcase of what supermarkets need to do in the future both to keep costs down and improve energy efficiency. The supermarket is a clean energy and energy saving laboratory for the following features:
- LED lighting in the milk and frozen food sections that have energy use at least by 50%
- Photo sensors in 33 skylights that help to adjust electric light levels accordingly
- Night curtains draped over all cold cases that reduce food spoilage and reducing energy costs by 25% (see above left-click to expand)
- A fuel cell from UTC that generates 90% of the store’s electricity (see photo below)
- A glycol refrigeration system that minimizes refrigerant charge, earning an EPA GreenChill Certification
- Aggressive recycling instead of trash compacting as well as water efficient features, both of which contribute to increased energy efficiency.