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LEEDing the Way in Wisconsin

Hy-Vee’s Madison store includes a number of green attributes that are a part of our efforts to achieve LEED certification.

Hy-Vee's Madison Location

concept sketchHy-Vee’s new Madison store includes a number of green attributes that are a part of our efforts to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Some of the features of the Madison store that reinforce our commitment to sustainable development include:

Indoor Air Quality

  • The ventilation system is designed to ensure that high quality fresh air is circulated throughout the building.
  • Carbon dioxide monitors automatically adjust building ventilation.
  • Paint, adhesives, and carpeting were selected that have low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Energy Efficiency

  • Highly efficient heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment decrease energy consumption. In addition, waste heat from equipment is used to preheat hot water and air.
  • Energy performance is improved through the use of low-E windows and a highly reflective roof that reduces the building’s energy load in the summer.
  • Natural light illuminates 75 percent of the sales floor, while more efficiency is gained through lighting that adjusts to natural light levels. Motion sensors activate lights in refrigerated cases and rooms.

Recycling and Waste Management.

  • Paper, glass, plastics, cardboard, metals and cooking grease are recycled on-site.
  • The use of pre-packaged meats and pre-trimmed vegetables reduce the amount of waste sent off-site for disposal.
  • More than 90 percent of store construction materials were recycled or diverted from landfills.

Natural Resource and Water Conservation

  • The store has concrete floors that eliminate the need for additional floor coverings and the use of harmful cleaning chemicals.
  • Recycled materials are utilized in the steel structure, foundation and concrete wall panels.
  • Low-flow, motion-activated toilets and hand sinks help conserve water.

Sustainable Operations and Refrigerant Management

  • Environmentally-friendly, non-hazardous cleaning chemicals are used to maintain our store.
  • The store’s refrigeration equipment requires less refrigerants than traditional systems.
  • No ozone-depleting refrigerants are used in the store’s cooling or refrigeration systems.

Sustainable Site Development

  • The site was selected based on its urban location and our ability to reuse portions of the existing building and parking lot.
  • The site provides easy access to public transportation, ample bicycle parking, showers/changing rooms for employees, and vehicle parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient cars.
  • Focused lighting in the parking lot minimizes light beyond the property line or into the night sky. Materials used to pave the parking lot include partially recycled asphalt and concrete.
  • The landscaping includes native grasses and perennial plantings that, once established, will not require irrigation, chemical fertilizers or pesticides/herbicides.

We Want to Hear From You
If you have comments regarding our sustainability efforts, e-mail them to [email protected]