Tractor Supply Company’s new store support center in Brentwood, TN, has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification is awarded for buildings that are energy efficient and environmentally sustainable in design and operation.
Clean, renewable solar energy was incorporated into the design of the new 260,000 square-foot facility. A solar array consisting of 165 panels was installed on the roof of the building that generates up to 50 kilowatts of electricity. The system, along with a similar system installed earlier this year at the company’s store in nearby Hendersonville, TN, represent the retailer’s first solar projects and are expected to generate clean power for the next 25 to 30 years, noted the company.
Tractor Supply was able to build the new center to the LEED Silver standard by incorporating a number of environmentally friendly features, including energy efficient design and heating/cooling systems; water saving plumbing and irrigation systems; recycled and regionally sourced building materials; low-emitting materials for all adhesives, paints, carpet systems and composite materials; and low mercury lamps and LED lighting. The new facility is expected to reduce energy costs by 19% compared with baseline code requirements and reduce potable water usage by 40% indoors and 60% outdoors, the company said.