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Future Shop opens first LEED certified store in Alberta PDF Print E-mail
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BURNABY, British Columbia (28 April 2010) - Consumer electronics retailer Future Shop has announced its new store in the South Edmonton Common mall has been LEED certified, the first of its outlets to be so designated.

Also now the largest of the CE specialist's 144 stores across the country, the Edmonton, Alberta store received the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification for incorporating a number of green features throughout the 53,000 square foot facility.

"We had an environmentally conscious building in mind when we starting planning the constructing our flagship South Edmonton Common Future Shop in 2008," Future Shop vice president of administration Grant McTaggart said in a statement. "We're committed to applying principles of sustainability into the construction of new stores as well as making improvements to our existing locations."

The company said that the store's sustainability attributes include:

  • More than 50% of all construction material used to build the store came from recycled goods;
  • About 28% of the total construction material used recycled content;
  • Some 38% of those building materials were extracted and manufactured within 800 kilometres of the store; and,
  • The store interior was finished using low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) off-gas emitting carpets, paints and adhesives.
Additionally, the building design and computer systems allow the store to use over 39% less energy than the Model National Energy Code for building standards, such as zoned controlled air-conditioning and lighting systems.

"To have our largest and most innovative store receive LEED certification is a great accomplishment," said Todd Empey, Future Shop vice president of operations. "This designation reinforces our commitment to improving the sustainability throughout our operations. It also showcases the positive steps we're taking in the communities where we live and work."

The LEED designation of the Edmonton South Common Future Shop comes just weeks after the company announced its consumer electronics recycling program in all Future Shop locations in Alberta, except Grande Prairie. Dubbed Electronics Take Back, residents can safely retire items, such as televisions, computers and peripherals, desktop printers and monitors.

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