IES, a building performance analytics company with offices in Boston, said that its software analysis tool is being used to help the Walgreens pharmacy chain create the “first ever net-zero retail store” in a location just outside of Chicago.
Walgreens estimates the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity while generating 220,000 kilowatt hours per year, IES said in a press release. Set to open in Evanston, Ill., in November, the store will earn LEED Platinum, Living Building and Green Chill Platinum certifications.
The project is being carried out by a company called Cyclone Energy Group. The company is using an IES’s Virtual Environment software suite, which is also known as IESVE.
“We knew going in that net-zero would not be easy to achieve,” Benjamin Skelton, president and chief executive of the Cyclone Energy Group, said in a statement. “Chicago is not a typical net-zero climate as it offers relatively few annual hours where outside conditions allow for natural ventilation and free conditioning, and the climate is not a high return-on-investment for renewable energy.”
Skelton added: “IESVE is being used as a commissioning tool throughout the design/construction progress to validate and inform the team about the anticipated performance of the building. Not typical to the construction industry, the commissioning team is incorporating energy modeling as a tool to validate the design of the project from pre-design through construction and ultimately in operation.”