Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

Walgreen’s Launches Their First Net Zero Store . . .


by Brent Sauser

Net Zero has gone retail!  You might recall that back in March of 2013, I wrote a story regarding Walgreen’s intention to build the first Net Zero retail store in the USA.  CLICK HERE to review the NetZeroMax story.

Walgreens at Evanston IllWalgreen’s has completed the construction and has opened the doors to their first energy independent store in Evanston, Illinois.  The videos included in this report tells the amazing story of the successful launch of Walgreen’s first Net Zero store.  This is no small accomplishment!  Walgreen’s has several freezers and coolers that require huge amounts of energy to maintain.  Special attention to building orientation, heating and cooling systems, lighting, and window size and location were taken into consideration.  This is not your typical corner Walgreen’s!

Congratulations to Walgreen’s for their leadership in proving to the commercial retail community that going Net Zero can be done.  Let’s hope that 2014 will inspire many more pace setting decisions.


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