Who said that a green building that has sustainable and effective energy features must belong to massive office complex? A compact store can also become a high-performance building that has less impact on the environment, is healthier to people who use the building, and is more effective to the operation if the owner has committed to implementing thoughtful design and green construction with a careful selection of highly effective materials. With a strong green commitment combined with a concrete effort, the project is able to successfully achieve an international rating.
Starbucks at Porto Chino's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) gold award for retail commercial interiors section has provided a striking illustration of that.
It's the first store in Asia to obtain the award, which is the second highest level of recognition for green construction certified by the US-based Green Building Council, an independent environmental rating agency. Award levels are certified, silver, gold and platinum.
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