PCC Natural Markets' Redmond store earns gold

Exceptional design, construction and operation of "green" building qualifies first-ever grocery store for LEED® Gold Certification.

The Redmond PCC is the first grocery store to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® Gold Certification, which is the industry standard of measurement for 'green' building

Seattle, Wash., July 25, 2007 — The prestigious LEED Gold certification has been awarded to the Redmond, Washington location of PCC Natural Markets, by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). PCC Redmond is the first grocery store to have achieved LEED Gold certification in the U.S.

LEED is the USGBC's rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings that achieve outstanding levels of energy efficiency and systems performance. The USGBC uses a "whole-building" approach in evaluating building projects, but addresses specific factors that support human and environmental health. Credits are earned for achievement in each of six environmental categories and one of four levels of certification is awarded based on total credits.

"PCC Natural Markets is to be congratulated for achieving LEED Gold Certification for its Redmond store," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO, Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The certification of PCC Redmond sends a message that PCC cares about the health of their shoppers and employees."

Long before breaking ground at Redmond, PCC planned to make its eighth store shine with features that save energy and incorporate recycled and sustainable materials.

"There never was a question about what we wanted to achieve in designing Redmond," said George Ostrow of Seattle-based VELOCIPIDE architects. "We wanted it to be an exceptional standout example, well beyond industry standards for energy efficiency and systems performance."

Natural light from 28 skylights, specially glazed to block heat but not light, full spectrum lighting systems that perform at a level 39 percent better than Washington State Energy Code, and timers that automatically turn off accent lighting when the store is closed, are just some of the store's energy-saving attributes. Store cabinetry made from panels that are 100 percent recycled fiber, and glass tiles that are 100 percent recycled from a local source, are examples of recycled materials used throughout.

And everyone in the store breathes easier due to paints and building products with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that virtually eliminate harmful chemicals in the air, and to mechanical systems that circulate filtered fresh air throughout the store.

According to Lori Ross, PCC's director of store development, "We incorporated as many environmentally-friendly features as possible in the construction and operation of Redmond. We considered them long-term investments in the future of PCC and the communities we serve. Having our efforts recognized with LEED Gold certification is wonderful, but our hope is that it raises the bar for other new buildings and retrofits in our market area."

About PCC Natural Markets: Headquartered in Seattle, WA, PCC Natural Markets is a certified organic retail cooperative with annual sales of $110 million and an active membership of nearly 40,000 households. PCC operates eight stores in the Seward Park, View Ridge, Greenlake, West Seattle, Fremont, Kirkland, Redmond, and Issaquah neighborhoods of King County, WA. www.pccnaturalmarkets.com

About the U.S. Green Building Council: The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's leading non-profit organization composed of corporations, builders, universities, federal and local agencies, and nonprofit organizations working together to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Greenbuild as well as the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System are projects of the USGBC. For more information on the USGBC, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED: The LEED® Green Building Rating System is a voluntary third party rating system where credits are earned for satisfying specified green building criteria. Projects are evaluated within six environmental categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of green building certification are warded based on the total credits earned. The LEED standard has been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and interested private companies as the industry standard of measurement for green building.

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