Minnesota Grocer Cub Foods Awarded First LEED Gold NC2.2 Building Certification in State

Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:30am EDT

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St. Paul store is one of three in the nation to achieve high energy-efficient
STILLWATER, Minn.--(Business Wire)--
Cub Foods and its parent company, SUPERVALU, announced today that Cub has become
the first grocer in Minnesota to be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) Gold NC2.2 Certification for one of its stores. The U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC) uses the LEED system to rate the world`s
greenest, most energy-efficient and high-performing buildings. 

The Cub store, located in the Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul, is one of just
three grocery stores in the nation to successfully achieve LEED Gold

"The commitment Cub Foods has made to the St. Paul Phalen community is
exceptional," said Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul. 

"Cub Foods has a vested interest in supporting the communities where we do
business, and contributing to the redevelopment of St. Paul`s East Side was a
natural fit for us," said Brian Huff, president of Cub Foods. "Choosing to build
a LEED Gold Certified building was another example of Cub`s dedication to
preserving the environment for future generations." 

Gold Certification is the second highest certification that can be achieved
according to the USGBC. Certification is a rigorous process, assigning points
for each green feature incorporated into the building. LEED Gold Certification
is based on a number of green design and construction features that positively
impact the project and the broader community. These features include:

* 44 skylights that illuminate 75 percent of regularly occupied spaces using a
solar powered GPS system that tracks and redirects sunlight as needed. 
* The first commercial parking lot in Minnesota to be illuminated using just LED
lights that only need to be replaced every 40 years and provide 50 percent
energy savings. 
* Half of the waste from buildings torn down on the construction site has been
reused in the construction of the new building or recycled. 
* 35 percent savings in lighting costs compared to typical Cub stores. 
* A maintenance-free floor eliminating the need for chemicals during the
cleaning process. 
* A landscape irrigation system that uses 50 percent less water than typical
* 75 percent of the building construction waste will not end up in landfills.
Instead, it will be recycled and turned into other useful materials.

"Cub Foods submitted 41 points to the USGBC for LEED Gold consideration," said
Scott Reinke, senior project manager, SUPERVALU. "To have all 41 points approved
is exceptional in the industry of green building development." 

The Cub Foods store was designed in cooperation with project teams from Cub
Foods, SUPERVALU, Oppidan Investment Company and Kraus Anderson to achieve LEED
certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as
incorporating other sustainable strategies. LEED verifies environmental
performance, occupant health and financial return over time. LEED was
established for market leaders to design and construct buildings that protect
and save precious resources while also making good economic sense. 

"With each new LEED-certified building, we get one step closer to USGBC`s vision
of a sustainable built environment within a generation," said Rick Fedrizzi,
president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "As the newest
member of the LEED family of green buildings, Cub Foods is an important addition
to the growing strength of the green building movement." 

Cub Foods provides consumers with the freshest produce, widest selection and
greatest value available today. In addition to innovative natural, ethnic and
certified organic food sections, Cub stores offer shoppers added conveniences,
such as in-store pharmacy and banking. Cub Foods was established in 1968 as one
of the nation`s first discount grocery stores. The organization was purchased in
1980 by SUPERVALU and currently operates 73 stores located in Minnesota,
Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. 


SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel with
estimated annual sales of $43 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share
positions across the United States with its approximately 2,500 retail grocery
locations, including nearly 900 in-store pharmacies. Through the company`s
nationwide supply chain network, SUPERVALU provides distribution and related
logistics support services to more than 2,500 independent retailers across the
country. SUPERVALU has approximately 180,000 employees. 

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose
vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership
includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other
nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC`s founding in 1993, the Council has grown
to more than 17,000 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family
of LEED green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the
industry`s popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
(www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 78 local chapters, affiliates, and
organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org. 

About LEED

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating
System is a feature-oriented rating system that awards buildings points for
satisfying specified green building criteria. The six major environmental
categories of review include: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and
Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation
and Design. Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of LEED green building
certification are awarded based on the total number of points earned within each
LEED category. LEED can be applied to all building types including new
construction, commercial interiors, core & shell developments, existing
buildings, homes, neighborhood developments, schools and retail facilities. LEED
for Healthcare is currently under development and is expected to be released in
early 2008. 

Incentives for LEED are available at the state and local level and LEED has also
been adopted nationwide by federal agencies, state and local governments, and
interested private companies. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org/LEED. 

Cub Foods
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