Roughly 25 new Target stores in Canada have received LEED certification. This marks the first few dozen of nearly 125 new Target stores to be opened in Canada this year, with the goal of every one of these stores to be LEED certified, according to Chain Store Age.
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Target is obtaining LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Volume Program, which streamlines the certification process for multiple buildings of a similar type in both Canada and the U.S. In order to obtain certification, Target stores will undergo various rounds of audits throughout 2013, which must meet stringent criteria across five LEED categories including: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
“As part of Target’s long-term commitment to invest in the health and environmental sustainability of our communities, we’re proud to announce our first Canadian stores are LEED certified,” said Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada. “More than $10 million is being invested into each new location to ensure our stores deliver the Target brand shopping experience, and this includes a commitment to sustainability and design plans that conserve energy, water and waste.”