NOC Outfitter's Store to Earn LEED Gold Certification
NOC's Third LEED Retail Store to be Completed in April 2012 for Company's 40th Anniversary
WESSER,N.C. (January 27, 2011) â€” Nantahala Outdoor Center's flagship Outfitter's Store will celebrate the company's 40th anniversary with an environmentally-friendly facelift en route to LEED Gold certification. The Outfitter's Store will be NOC's third LEED-certified retail store, after its LEED Silver Gatlinburg and LEED-certified Asheville locations.
NOC has applied for LEED certification with the U.S. Green Building Council, the leading and most comprehensive third-party designation for green building. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system providing a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design that is healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound.
LEED Gold certification involves extensive measures in construction and interior design and requires close to a â€œperfect scoreâ€ when measuring the overall environmental efficacy of a building. With its third LEED building certification, NOC is a leader among outdoor industry specialty retailers, and is the first business within the Western North Carolina region to attain a LEED Gold certification.
â€œWe hold ourselves to a high environmental and professional standard. It is vitally important that our industry move forward, and our goal is to lead the way with a positive example,â€ says NOC President & CEO Sutton Bacon.
The overhaul of NOC's Outfitter's Store will improve the environmental impact of NOC's business and reduce the company's carbon footprint. The project of transforming the store includes these steps toward achieving LEED Gold certification:
â€¢ Replacing the HVAC system with a state of the art high efficiency system.
â€¢ Replacing existing light fixtures for better lighting and greatly reducing the wattage output.
â€¢ Reducing energy consumption through the installation of light sensors that will automatically dim retail lighting during the daytime.
â€¢ Locally sourcing all new flooring, walls and fixtures made from recycled or reclaimed content.
â€¢ Recycling most construction materials, diverting over 75% of waste from landfills.
â€¢ Reducing water consumption by 30% with the exclusive use of low-flow toilets and sinks, rainwater collection, and irrigation.
â€¢ Offsetting 100% of the store's energy usage through renewable energy credits.
The store, recognized by Men's Journal as one of the â€œbest paddling stores in the nation,â€ has operated as a paddlesports and hiking specialty shop since 1994. The renovations will not only have a positive environmental impact, but result in improvements for clientele.
â€œThe enhanced floor space will allow for increased and better product assortment, a more aesthetically pleasing layout, and better traffic flow within the store,â€ says Outfitter's Store General Manager Doug Wright. â€œWe'll be able to better serve our customers, and that has been the core mission of this store for decades,â€ says Wright.
A grand reopening of the storied building is planned for April 2012.