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Whole Foods - Third and 3rd

Whole Foods Market

Showcase Project: Brooklyn Third and 3rd

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Project Size

55,000 Square Feet

Annual Energy Use (Source EUI)

Baseline
(ASHRAE STANDARD)
309 kBtu/sq. ft.
Expected
(2015)
123 kBtu/sq. ft.
Actual
COMING IN 2015

Expected
Energy Savings:

60%

Annual Energy Cost

Baseline
(ASHRAE STANDARD)
$620,000
Expected
(2015)
$495,000
Actual
COMING IN 2015

Expected
Savings:

$125,000

Background

Whole Foods Market Third and 3rd is located on just over four acres in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The store participated in a number of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) programs.

Solutions

Whole Foods Market Third & 3rd is the first grocery store in the U.S. to be free of synthetic refrigerants, and features the following innovative solutions: a Gray/storm water recycling system; a 157 kw combined heat and power (CHP) plant; a 324 kw solar canopy array; and 19 self-generating wind/solar powered parking lot lights.

Other Benefits

Whole Foods Market is pursuing LEED® Platinum certification and Green Globes certification for this project, and has achieved EPA Green Chill Platinum rating. An additional benefit of the project is the rooftop greenhouse, which will grow and supply produce to the store.

Background

Whole Foods Market Third & 3rd consists of two levels of space: a ground-level grocery store, a second-floor restaurant space and rooftop greenhouse overlooking southwest Brooklyn, as well as a landscaped public walking path along the Gowanus Canal and the 4th Street Basin. The site is on three parcels of land owned by three separate entities; Whole Foods leases two of the parcels and owns the third.

Solutions

Additional energy-efficiency improvements implemented include:

  • Cogeneration via a 157 kW CHP plant
  • HFC/CFC/synthetic-free all-natural CO2 refrigeration system
  • Demand-control ventilation
  • ENERGY STAR and DLC-approved LED and lighting control technologies
  • Daylight harvesting
  • A 324 kWp PV array system covering much of the parking lot
  • Wind and solar-powered self-generating car charging stations

For additional information, please see this video.