Space Use Information - Retail Stores

Retail Store applies to facility space used to conduct the retail sale of consumer product goods.  Stores must be at least 5,000 square feet and have an exterior entrance to the public. The total gross floor area should include all supporting functions such as kitchens and break rooms used by staff, storage areas, administrative areas, elevators, stairwells, etc. Retail segments typically included under this definition are: Department Stores, Discount Stores, Supercenters, Warehouse Clubs, Drug Stores, Dollar Stores, Home Center/Hardware Stores, and Apparel/Hard Line Specialty Stores (e.g. books, clothing, office products, toys, home goods, electronics). Retail segments excluded under this definition are: Supermarkets (eligible to be benchmarked as Supermarket space), Convenience Stores, Automobile Dealerships, and Restaurants.

Retail properties are eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR at the store level only.  Eligible store configurations include:  free standing stores; stores located in open air or strip centers (a collection of attached stores with common areas that are not enclosed); and mall anchors.  Retail configurations not eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR include:  entire enclosed malls (a collection of attached stores with enclosed common areas); individual stores located within enclosed malls; entire open air or strip centers; and individual stores that are part of a larger non-mall building (i.e. office or hotel).  Retail space that is part of a mixed-use property should review the mixed-use benchmarking guidance (link to new document or web site).

Below are the descriptions of the data entry fields for the retail establishment space type:

Gross Floor Area

Gross floor area is defined as the total number of square feet used to conduct the retail sale of consumer products goods. The total gross floor area is measured between the principal exterior surfaces of the enclosing fixed walls and includes all supporting functions such as kitchens and break rooms used by staff, storage areas, administrative areas, elevators, stairwells, atria, vent shafts, etc

Also note the following:

Weekly Operating Hours

The total number of hours per week that the retail store is open for business, excluding hours when the building is occupied only by maintenance, security, or other support personnel. For buildings with a schedule that varies during the year, "weekly operating hours" refers to the total weekly hours for the schedule most often followed.

Default Value = 65 hours per week.

Workers on Main Shift

Indicates the number of employees who are present during the main shift. This is not the total number of employees or visitors who are in a building during an entire 24 hour period but rather represents typical peak staffing level during the main shift. For example, in a retail store if there are two daily 8 hour shifts of 15 workers each, the Workers on Main Shift value is 15.

Default Value = 1 Worker per 1,000 square feet.

Number of PCs

Indicates the total number of personal computers and data servers in the retail store. Personal computers are not used to check out customers and are generally located in manager offices, break rooms, and/or storage and inventory areas.

Default Value = 0.2 PCs per 1,000 square feet.

Number of Cash Registers

Indicates the total number of cash registers in the retail store. Cash registers are defined as business machines that are used primarily for conducting  transactions and indicating to customers the amounts of individual sales; they record and total receipts, may automatically calculate the change due, and often include a money drawer from which to make change.

Default Value = 0.3 Cash Registers per 1,000 square feet.

Walk-in Refrigeration/Freezer Units

Indicates the total number of large walk-in refrigeration or freezer units in use within the retail store. This typically includes large refrigeration units located in the back of a retail store in storage and receiving areas and used to store refrigerated goods.

Default Value = 0 units.

Open and Closed Refrigeration/Freezer Cases

The number of commercial refrigeration units (cases) used for the sale or storage of perishable goods. This includes display type refrigerated open or closed cases and cabinets as well as display type freezer units typically found on the sales floor.  Each case or cabinet section, typically 4 to 12 feet in length, should be considered 1 unit. Include those cases located inside and immediately adjacent to the facility. This should not include any refrigerated vending (soda) machines

Default Value = 0 units.

Percent of Gross Floor Area that Is Heated

The percent of gross floor area that is heated.

Default Value = 100 %.

Percent of Gross Floor Area that Is Air Conditioned

The percent of gross floor area that is air conditioned.

Default Value = 100 %

Exterior Entrance to the Public

Does this retail store have an exterior entrance to the public?  Answer yes if this store has an exterior entrance through which customers enter to shop.  Answer no if there is no exterior entrance available to the public.(Note: if answer is ‘No’ the space type is not eligible for a rating.)

Default Value = Yes