EPA Grants First Energy Star Label for Retail Buildings
By CP Editorial Staff October 2007 - Energy EfficiencyFour JCPenney stores are the first retail buildings in the country to earn the Energy Star label for superior energy efficiency and environmental performance.
Compared to similar stores nationwide, the JCPenney stores, on average, use about 35 percent less energy than typical retail stores nationwide and avoid over 3 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
The four stores are located in Washington State, in the towns of Puyallup, Vancouver, Bellevue and Burlington. They cover approximately 460,000 square feet.
Of the almost 5 million commercial buildings in the United States, retail buildings account for the largest energy bills and are responsible for the second largest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions. As of Oct. 1, 2007, retail buildings can qualify for the Energy Star label if they rate in the top 25 percent of similar retail buildings nationwide.
JCPenney was also named a 2007 Energy Star partner of the year in March 2007.