Harris Teeter announced that three of its recent stores are now officially recognized as LEED-certified projects by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
The Harris Teeter locations that achieved LEED certification are in Maryland and South Carolina. Harris Teeter’s Fair Hill Shopping Center location in Olney, Md. is LEED-certified, Harris Teeter’s McHenry Row Shopping Center location in Baltimore, Md. is LEED-certified to the Silver level, and Harris Teeter’s Rivertowne Place location in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. is LEED-certified. The company’s Mt. Pleasant location achieved certification in June 2011. Each of the projects achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.
LEED certification of these projects was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:
- Reducing water usage by using reduced flow faucets
- Building from recycled materials
- Using building materials manufactured regionally
- Recycling waste generated during construction
- Installing environmentally friendly lighting in refrigerated cases
- Cleaning with environmentally preferred products
Harris Teeter continues to introduce more sustainable features, energy efficient designs into its facilities as a part of routine maintenance and incorporates more efficient designs into new development, as well.