Kohl’s Department Stores will soon build its new stores from a design that has been pre-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as Leader in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold. Kohl’s announced the new store prototype recently.
The new prototype has achieved the pre-certification under the LEED for Retail: New Construction rating system. Kohl’s is said to be the first company to achieve the designation. In the spring of 2012, Kohl’s will start constructing stores based on the pre-certified prototype. The new design will replace the company’s current pilot design that is pre-certified LEED silver and has been used for new store construction since fall 2008.
According to the company, more than 90 new Kohl’s stores built nationwide have earned LEED silver or certified level and more than 100 existing Kohl’s stores nationwide have received LEED certification under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.
The pre-certified LEED gold design includes higher levels of energy efficiency, reduced water use and a greater focus on alternative transportation. Kohl’s new gold design surpassed its previous design certification level because of interior water use, site development and storm water management.