Five new Kum & Go stores expected to use 20% less energy.
In recognition of their commitment to environmental stewardship, Kum & Go leaders are set to
receive the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” from Hussmann and Trane, both brands of Ingersoll Rand, for adopting sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions.
Trane is a global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and Hussmann is a provider of display cases, refrigeration systems, installation and service to food retailers.
Aaron Harrington, sales director at Hussmann, will present the award to Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at a new Kum & Go store, located at 4860 N.W. Urbandale Drive in Urbandale, Iowa. The new store is one of five recently-built stores that feature the most efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions available today and are expected to consume 20% less energy than a traditional store.
The five new Kum & Go stores are located at:
4860 N.W. Urbandale Drive in Urbandale, Iowa
1725 NW 86th St. in Clive, Iowa
900 E. Mount Vernon Boulevard in Mount Vernon, Mo.
1010 N. Thompson in Springdale, Ark.
2811 E. Central Ave. in Bentonville, Ark.
The “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” highlights a company’s commitment to maintaining a comfortable shopping and working environment while increasing energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
“We are honored to be receiving the Energy Efficiency Leader Award from Hussmann and Trane,” said Krause. “At Kum & Go, we truly understand the importance of being a responsible retailer as well as the high expectations that our customers place on us to be environmental stewards. With that in mind, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to building eco-friendly stores now and in the future.”
Leaders selected customized state-of-the-art HVACR solutions for the new stores that can easily be modified to meet future industry trends and demands. These new stores reflect a strong commitment by Kum & Go’s leaders to increase energy and operational efficiency and sustainability.
The Clive and Urbandale stores are expected to generate nearly $7,000 each in energy rebates from Mid‑American Energy, a global leader in the production of energy from diversified fuel sources including geothermal, natural gas, hydroelectric, nuclear, coal and wind.
Kum & Go’s construction team built the company’s new stores with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards in mind. LEED certification demonstrates that a building meets stringent United States Green Building Council guidelines for sustainability.
Prior to selecting the HVACR solutions for the new stores, Kum & Go’s construction and facilities team members spent more than six months working with an energy audit team to identify the most efficient solutions for the recently completed locations. Their work included using energy modeling software to weigh the merits of potential solutions.
Based on this project, Kum & Go’s senior staff selected the solutions which best met energy and operations needs. Kum & Go’s stores use a multiplex refrigeration system (based upon each store’s cooling demand.) This solution removes excess building heat and reduces the need for larger HVAC systems typically required in convenience stores. In addition, Kum & Go’s stores also feature a packaged rooftop HVAC system with one of the highest efficiency ratings available today, which will provide a reliably comfortable environment for customers and associates.
Other solutions include a building automation system for precise centralized control of building HVACR systems either on site or remotely. This allows for closer monitoring of temperature and humidity to provide optimal indoor air conditions.