According to the Plano (Texas) Courier Star, early in November 2008, JCPenney broke ground on its first store constructed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications. The 115,000-square-foot store will open in August 2009 as an anchor tenant of The Village at Fairview Lifestyle Center near Dallas.

Based on its design, the Fairview store is expected to use 41 percent less energy than the average similar building. The new store will feature a reflective white roof system and energy-efficient lighting. Also installed will be a heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system that is 21 percent more energy-efficient than those for comparable new buildings. It will feature an energy management system that allows remote monitoring and control of HVAC and lighting systems.

To receive LEED certification, the structure must satisfy requirements and earn points in six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.

“Because LEED is the recognized benchmark for green building, this store will provide further insights to features and best practices that can help the environment and potentially