In August 1978, we opened a four-story store at Rua dos Andradas, in downtown Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which was renovated in 2009. Ever since, we have worked to transform it into an eco-efficient store. Thus, in 2013, our Eco-store was born, being the first fashion retail store in Brazil with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a certification for sustainable buildings granted by non-governmental organization U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in accordance with the resources (energy, water, etc.) rationalization criteria to be met by buildings.
To obtain this certification, the store was assessed for compliance with the seven following critera: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, and Regional Priority Credits.
Aspects like more efficient air conditioning systems and rational use of water and energy are part of the store’s features, in addition to a green roof with around 640 m² of vegetation with fruit trees and lianas that integrate the landscape, reducing the heat island effect and fostering biodiversity. The roof contributes to the building’s thermal insulation and decreases the use of air conditioning, in addition to having become a lounge for the employees.
In the Sustainability Corner, which was recently renovated, customers can learn more about the Eco-store and our more sustainable products.
If you are interested in visiting our Eco-store, please choose one of the available dates and register on the link below!
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, monitored visits to the Eco-store have been temporarily suspended. As soon as they are resumed, we will disclose new dates on our website.
Photos: Alexandre Raupp; acervo C&A