Retail Stores Can Save 50% on Energy with New Guide

05/01/2012 |

Medium to big box retail stores can save up to 50% on one of their highest operating costs by referencing the Advanced Energy Design Guide.

Energy costs are typically the second highest operating expense for a retailer. ASHRAE’s latest Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) can help create a cost-effective design for stores and that directly impacts profitability.

To learn about the discount on energy efficiency, download Advanced Energy Design Guide for Medium to Big Box Retail Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net-Zero-Energy Building at

This is the third book in a series of four AEDG publications that provides recommendations to achieve 50% energy savings when compared with the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

It’s important for retail stores to find a balance between energy-efficient measures for the building and convenience and comfort for their customers. This book offers tips for implementing successful strategies that reduce energy consumption while enhancing the shopping experience.

The guide also features different recommendations for each US climate zone. Case studies provide real-world examples of how retailers have already achieved significant savings.

It offers information on integrated design, including best practices and a performance path using targets to help with goal setting.

Additional design tips include:

  • Different vestibule configurations to reduce outdoor air infiltration

  • Multiple ways to daylight all areas of the store

  • Recommendations for ambient lighting, perimeter lighting, and accent lighting, including LED display lighting

  • Methods to reduce exterior lighting energy consumption

  • HVAC configuration and control strategies

This guide can also help to create a cost-effective design for new retail buildings and major renovations that will consume substantially less energy compared to the minimum code-compliant design and result in lower operating costs.

Previous guides in the series focused on small to medium office buildings and K-12 school buildings. The fourth and final guide will be available in spring 2012 and focuses on large hospitals.


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