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URBANDALE, Iowa -- Five recently built Kum & Go convenience stores feature the latest in energy efficiency and company executives expect the stores to use 20 percent less energy.
The new stores were built to LEED-certification standards and use the most efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration in the marketplace. The convenience stores are located in Urbandale and Clive, Iowa; Springdale and Bentonville, Ark; and Mount Vernon, Mo.
As a result of adopting sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions at the five stores, Kum & Go leaders will receive the Energy Efficiency Leader Award from Hussmann and Trane, both brands of Ingersoll Rand. Hussmann is a leader in providing display cases, refrigeration systems, installation and service to food retailers and Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services.
"We are honored to be receiving the Energy Efficiency Leader Award from Hussmann and Trane. At Kum & Go, we truly understand the importance of being a responsible retailer as well as the high expectations that our customers place on us to be environmental stewards," said Kyle J. Krause, president and chief executive officer of Kum & Go. "With that in mind, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to building eco-friendly stores now and in the future."
Combined, the Clive and Urbandale convenience stores are expected to generate nearly $7,000 each in energy rebates from Mid-American Energy.
Kum & Go's construction and facilities team members worked with an energy audit team for six months to identify the most efficient solutions for the recently completed locations. Their work included using energy modeling software to weigh the merits of potential solutions.
Kum & Go's stores use a multiplex refrigeration system (based upon each store's cooling demand.) This solution removes excess building heat and reduces the need for larger HVAC systems typically required in convenience stores. In addition, Kum & Go's stores also feature a packaged rooftop HVAC system with one of the highest efficiency ratings available today which will provide a reliably comfortable environment for customers and associates.
Other solutions include a building automation system for precise centralized control of building HVACR systems either on site or remotely. This allows for closer monitoring of temperature and humidity to provide optimal indoor air conditions.