In Fort Worth, Texas, Gap Inc. is celebrating its first LEED certified building, an Old Navy retail store. This store is the first of the mega-retailer’s many locations to take this honor, in recognition of its focus on energy efficient systems and sustainable building practices.
Old Navy store #5785 took LEED Silver, joining a relatively short list of familiar franchise names now sporting a certified green building or two. These include–within the apparel industry–Kohls, Coldwater Creek, and L.L. Bean.
Will Gap continue to focus on green building in future stores, or is it simply testing the waters here? No word yet on that, but if you have any questions about LEED certification, the Fort Worth Old Navy store manager Emily Phillips would have you know that she’s learned a lot about energy saving operational systems since she started at this new location.
LEED takes a whole-building approach to certification, allowing buildings to gain points in the following green categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Locations & Linkages, Awareness & Education, Innovation in Design and Regional Priority. More information on the U.S. Green Building Council’s influential green building certification system is available online.