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Case Study Examination: Developing a Retail Store Renovation Design According to the Leed Rating System

Mckinley, Heather
Developing a retail environment that is both sustainable can be challenging. Interior designers must educate businesses on the importance of sustainability. Sustainable practices have been shown to improve employee productivity, increase customer perception and spending, and reduce the operating costs . The purpose of this study was to evaluate an existing retail store and production site and to propose a design solution that followed a sustainable framework. This study illustrates how 17B was renovated using LEED's framework. The methodology was divided into four phases: Analysis of Existing Conditions, Programming, Assessment of LEED Criteria and Design Development. The results determined the goals and objectives for the project and design concept. Research was conducted in three LEED performance areas to find the most effective methods for meeting the project goals. The methods accomplished sustainable design of the project.