As we construct new buildings, we incorporate environmentally sustainable features whenever feasible. Furthermore, when we move into existing properties, as part of the renovation process, our design teams consider ways to improve energy efficiency and water conservation and to develop recycling infrastructure.
We expanded our TJX corporate headquarters in Massachusetts four years ago, integrating sustainability elements into our building design plans. Our two renovated office buildings in Marlborough, Massachusetts, feature light-emitting diode (LED) lighting and occupancy sensors in offices and conference rooms along with many other sustainability features, earning the buildings Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the Green Building Council. Additional sustainable design elements are also integrated into the workplace including 100% compostable utensils, plates and napkins in the cafeterias.
TJX Canada’s regional headquarters, completed in 2015, incorporated environmental sustainability features into its new construction plan and is also LEED certified. In addition to energy and water conservation measures, environmentally sustainable features were incorporated throughout the building, including in the interior finishes, workstations, outdoor areas and cafeteria. The building and grounds also feature special hybrid and electric vehicle charging stations, interior landscaping and a garden to support the monarch butterfly migration.
As we build new distribution and shipping centers, we are incorporating environmentally sustainable features whenever feasible. For example, in 2016, we committed to installing solar panels on two U.S. distribution centers. In 2015, we received LEED certification for our Jefferson, Georgia, distribution center and for our office space in our Phoenix, Arizona, distribution center. Our Las Vegas, Nevada distribution center was recertified LEED Silver in the spring of 2017.
TJX Europe’s new processing center in Wakefield, England, opening in the summer of 2017, houses sustainable features, including LED lighting, rainwater harvesting, and wind turbines. The building also uses adiabatic cooling in the warehouse to reduce refrigeration use and solar energy to preheat water. During the construction process, we leveraged BREEAM guidelines (an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings), and we hope to achieve BREEAM certification in the future based on the building’s environmental sustainability features. In addition to this new center, our processing center in Bergheim, Germany, was recognized for its environmental design with a Silver award for Best Sustainable Design by the German Sustainable Building Association. Some of the highlights of our Bergheim facility include increased insulation in the walls, roof and floor, energy efficient lighting, rainwater harvesting, solar pre-heated water, and geothermal heating and cooling to the office area. Our processing center in Wroclaw, Poland, also has innovative environmental features.