Georgetown Has First LEED-certified Grocery Store

May 03, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

Washington, D.C. will add to its list of green buildings on Friday a grocery store in Georgetown that is slated to receive a green status from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Georgetown Has First LEED-certified Grocery Store

Georgetown Safeway is the latest achievement in the district’s drive for environmental sustainability through green infrastructures. The grocery store is located at 1855 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Based on the records of USGBC, Washington, D.C. holds the highest rank among states with the most LEED-certified green buildings per capita.

Most recently, Georgetown University perched at number 27, 10 spots higher than before, in the annual rankings of the RecycleMania national sustainability competition.

RecycleMania is a project of the College and University Recycling Council, managed by Keep America Beautiful, in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program.

Designed by Torti Gallas Architects in Silver Spring, Georgetown’s grocery store’s green features include low-flow water fixtures, light-emitting diode lights and a parking lot for vehicles with low emission.

Of these features, the most notable is the grocery store’s roof, which is a white TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roof that helps to minimize heat gain.

In addition, Georgetown Safeway adopts stormwater management techniques to slow the rate of run-off and treats the stormwater. Through its design, rainwater cannot pass all the way to the Dumbarton Oaks Park located just behind the grocery store.

Washington, D.C. currently has 179 environmentally friendly buildings that meet the standards for LEED based on the most recent report of the district’s environment department. Apart from this, 600 more are yet to receive certifications for sustainability.

In Washington, all new construction projects are required to meet the LEED standards in compliance with the District’s Green Building Act of 2006, which is gradually seeing its effect across the district as green buildings have begun to rise in number according to officials from the Department of the Environment.

Building owners are required under the Act to report their energy consumption to the city, which in turn provides them with incentives to retrofit with materials and techniques that reduce power usage.

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