REI Round Rock Second Gen Green Store To Use 48% Less Energy

REI Round Rock Green Prototype

Mounting on the green building success of their previous stores, including the green Boulder REI we wrote about previously, REI today opens the doors to its second generation of green prototype store in Round Rock, Texas.  The Texas store is projected to consume 48% less energy than a typical store and generate a portion of its power from a solar panel installation, building integrated photovoltaics, and a solar hot water system.  After that, Round Rock will rely on Solatubes to displace a portion of articifial lighting and the purchase of green power generated from biomass digesters. 

This second gen green store was built with highly efficient building insulation, efficient mechanical equipment and controls, a cool roof designed to reflect the sun’s heat, and water-efficient plumbing that reduces water usage by 30 percent. 

Designed in partnership with Gensler, Round Rock incorporates extensive sustainable and recycled materials, including sunflower seed husks and recycled tennis shoes.  It’s the second company store to be built under the USGBC’s LEED Retail pilot program.  After studying both the Boulder and this store, REI will use the research for a third prototype and for application in other stores nationwide. 

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  • tda

    It may use 48% less energy, but any savings is blown by its customers over reliance on autos to get there because it is still a big box store located next to an IKEA off an freeway interchange that is in accessible by transit or bikes.

    To truly embrace sustainability, we need to look location, not just the box.

    • Preston

      True, location is big-time important, but with this news, there’s an element of incremental, positive behavior. This is basically an R&D program for REI to go greener, and I’m sure location is one of their key considerations for the future.

  • Brianne

    tda and Preston both make goods points. Location is important, but if REI was already planning a store there then using a more eco-friendly building attitude is better than not. Many people will still do shopping in these types of areas and the price of land will keep companies building out there. If they can find areas near train lines it might be able to create less auto pollution to get there (around here in Orange County, CA that’s nearly impossible).

  • Solar Arcadia

    Cool, we just did an article about how REI is making steps in the solar industry.

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