The boutique consumes 30% less energy than the average for conventional shops. The new Zara and Zara Home store at 11-13, Portal de l’Angel in Barcelona, has become the group�s first eco-efficient shop in Spain and the first European textiles distribution project to have been awarded LEED certification, the exacting US standard to verify architectural sustainability.
The boutique, which will be the prototype on which the chain’s next openings are based, consumes 30% less energy than the average for conventional shops, saves up to 50% in water and avoids emission of more than 150 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.
The fasade makes use of three key elements: shop windows and geometric composition with big metal and glass squares, and a large-format logo. The new-look shop interior comprises an extensive range of greys which contrast with the black furnishings. The sales area is spread over five storeys.
The company has indicated that the eco-friendly boutique would not have been possible without the previous experience acquired by Inditex teams at the Zara Korai store in Athens (Greece), the group’s first eco-efficient store, which opened in December 2008.
Inditex operates in 73 countries across Europe, America, Asia and Africa and has more than 4,530 shops. As well as Zara, it owns seven other fashion chains: Pull and Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe. In the first nine months of 2009, global sales rose to € 7.759 bn., up 8% on the same period in 2008.
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