PUMA Breaks Out In Front With 100% Solar-Powered Store

Although they’ve become more of a fashion statement in recent years, PUMA is known for producing some of the best quality athletic shoes on the market. Now, it seem that the company has applied those same high standards to their storefront design as well. Just a few days a go, Puma opened it’s first self-sufficient store in an Indian suburb called Indiranagar.

The store, which Puma claims will revolutionize the way retail space is designed around the world, stretches for an expansive 800 square feet. But that large space doesn’t mean a large carbon footprint. The store is completely solar powered, using photovoltaic cells that can generate nearly 10,384 kwh units of electrical energy per year.


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According to this review, the lower levels of the new store will serve as a retail area which is already open. A ‘PUMA Social Club’ cafe and bar will be located on the upper floor and terrace and will be ready to open by the end of 2012. In addition to sourcing all of its power from the sun, the store’s designers made use of many recycled and upcycled materials to further reduce the building’s impact.

Recycled steel from old DVD players, bicycles and tiffin boxes has been used to construct the building’s metal front facade. The surface layout of the building has been designed in a way that more than 90 percent of the interior spaces in this store have direct access to natural daylight so that less artificial light is needed.

Given India’s reputation for scorching temperatures, perhaps the best feature is the highly insulated building shell allows for cooling without an air conditioning. Soil temperature, at a depth of about 12 feet or more stays fairly constant throughout the year and is approximately equal to the average annual ambient air temperature. The ground will be used as a heat sink for cooling in the summer and as a heat source for heating in the winter by passing air through the underground air tunnel.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

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