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Tractor Supply store support center gets LEED certification


Brentwood, Tenn. – The new Tractor Supply Company store support center in Brentwood, Tennessee, has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification is awarded for buildings that are energy efficient and environmentally sustainable in design and operation.

Clean, renewable solar energy was also incorporated into the design of the new 260,000 sq.-ft. facility. A solar array consisting of 165 panels was installed on the roof of the building that generates up to 50 kilowatts of electricity. Tractor Supply was able to build the new Store Support Center to the LEED Silver standard by incorporating a number of environmentally friendly features, including:

Energy efficient design and heating/cooling systems;

Water saving plumbing and irrigation systems;

Recycled and regionally sourced building materials;

Low-emitting materials for all adhesives, paints, carpet systems and composite materials; and

Low mercury lamps and LED lighting.

The new facility is expected to reduce energy costs by 19% compared with baseline code requirements and reduce potable water usage by 40% indoors and 60% outdoors (irrigation). During the construction process, an estimated 87% of construction waste was diverted from landfills.

The facility was designed by Hastings Architecture Associates and its sustainability division, greenStudio. Brasfield & Gorrie served as the general contractor, and Eakin Partners was the development consultant for the project.

"Achieving LEED Silver certification for our new Store Support Center demonstrates our strong commitment, through our Stewardship Program, to environmental sustainability," said Greg Sandfort, president and CEO. "From the early design phase all the way through the construction and operation of the building, we have taken steps to reduce the impact of our Store Support Center on the environment and are very pleased with the end result. This highly efficient and functional building will reduce energy costs and meet the needs of our company for many years to come."

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