Whole Foods Market partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop and implement solutions to reduce annual energy consumption in new stores by at least 50% versus requirements set by ASHRAE/ANSI/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 as part of DOE’s Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) program. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provided technical expertise
The new Whole Foods Market store in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a single-story 40,000 ft2 standalone store. Although each WFM is unique, this store is representative of other WFM stores, and the energy efficiency measures used here can be deployed to these stores and to other buildings in the U.S. food sales subsector. The construction on this project is complete, and NREL researchers and Whole Foods Market are engaged in monitoring and verifying the performance of the store.