The Home Depot Set to Open Third LEED(R)-Registered Store in Pickering



    -Eco Project Store Concept to Open September 4, 2008-

    PICKERING, ON, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Pickering will soon be home to The Home
Depot's third LEED(R)-registered store. Opening on September 4, 2008, the
store will also be the company's third project store, a concept that has been
very well received by customers in Richmond Hill, ON and Markham, ON.
    LEED(R) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the point
score used by the Canadian Green Building Council to help new and existing
buildings become more environmentally friendly. The Home Depot has already
built two LEED(R)-certified stores in Calgary, AB (2006) and Bowmanville, ON
(2008). On average, a LEED(R)-certified store saves 157,680 kW of energy
annually, based on a 12 hour workday.
    The design of the new, 115,000-square-foot store addresses three areas
that are large energy consumers - electricity, water and gas, while also
reducing waste and pollution. Features include: a reflector roof that bounces
back the sun's heat, lowering air-conditioning demands; special light fixtures
that work on occupancy and timing and photocell sensors that turn lights on or
off depending on the time of day and sensor-operated faucets and toilets to
conserve water. The building was constructed with mostly local materials and
the company ensured that contractors disposed of materials properly.
    The building is also designed to help employees become more
environmentally aware with bicycle racks and employee showers. All employees
have been trained to recycle plastic, cardboard, glass and metal materials.
    "I am proud of the changes we have made as a company to do what is best
for the environment and our business," said Annette Verschuren, president, The
Home Depot Canada and Asia. "Since 1994, The Home Depot has been educating
customers by offering Eco Options products and programs to exchange and
recycle old, inefficient products. We are committed to continuing to enhance
the way we operate to ensure that we are making environmentally conscious
decisions every step of the way."
    The Home Depot Canada is a leader in environmental stewardship in the
home improvement industry and demonstrates its leadership by making the
environment a core part of its business including:

    
    -  Retrofitting all Canadian stores with T5 fluorescent light fixtures
       saving over 180,000 kilowatt hours a year at each location while
       reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 128 metric tonnes a year per
       location.
    -  Retrofitting all Canadian stores with a low wattage bulb program in
       the light display which has reduced 145 tonnes of greenhouse gas
       emissions to-date.
    -  Replacing 50 percent of store neon building signs with highly
       efficient LEDs.
    -  Installing solar panels on up to three Canadian stores. Currently, the
       Woodbridge, ON location generates enough power to ensure that it
       comfortably runs on a daily basis. Energy is sold back into the grid
       and the 23kW solar PV system generated over 30,000 kWh in the first
       year.
    -  As of Nov 13, 2007, the Canadian Division of The Home Depot reduced
       overall energy consumption by 11.8% over last year.
    -  Since 2004, The Home Depot's store energy management system will
       automatically turn off the light display, including outdoor lighting
       and chandeliers and further will turn off half of the stores ceiling
       lights when the temperature rises above 30 degrees C in a
       municipality. This initiative saves 90 kilowatt hours (kWh) per store
       every hour when in effect.
    

    The new LEED(R)-registered project store is located at 1105 Kingston Road
in Pickering, Ontario.

    About The Home Depot

    Founded in 1978, in Atlanta, Georgia, The Home Depot is the world's
largest home improvement retailer, currently operating 2,257 stores, including
167 The Home Depot stores across Canada. In fiscal 2007, The Home Depot had
sales of $77.3 billion and earnings from continuing operations of
$4.2 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 people, including more
than 30,000 Canadians.





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