7-Eleven opens its first LEED building

March 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Environmentally friendly building design is becoming more and more mainstream in Central Florida.  On February 24, 2010 7-Eleven opened a new Deland store that they hope will be their first to earn a LEED® Certified rating.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, developed by the United States Green Building Council provides standards for environmentally sustainable construction and awards certification on four levels (Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum).

The store is located at 319 N. Woodland Ave. at the intersection of Ohio Ave. A celebration of the store’s grand opening will take place in March.

The 7-Eleven is located on a previously developed auto mechanic shop and was originally covered with an impermeable asphalt surface, but now more than a third of the property includes areas landscaped with native, drought-tolerant plants (with drip irrigation) and permeable surfaces (decreasing demand on the city’s storm sewer system).  An outdoor eating area with cypress pergolas and arbors was provided for customers.

The 7-Eleven store incorporates a number of additional features that help qualify it for LEED Certification including:

  • Light-colored concrete parking and roofing surfaces reduce the “heat island effect”: heat radiated back in the air typically by dark surfaces.
  • High-efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning system) with UV system should eliminate viruses, bacteria and mold from entering the interior air.
  • LED (light-emitting diode) signage and light fixtures help minimize energy demand and heat output;  skylights installed to provide additional day lighting.
  • Efficient water closets and lavatories reduce water usage.
  • A waste management plan implemented to divert construction waste from being sent to the landfill.
  • Many construction materials sourced within 500 miles of the site to decrease shipping burden.
  • Many installed materials contain recycled content and half of the wood used is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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