HD to build energy-efficient prototype

The Home Depot has agreed to showcase a high-performance, energy-efficient store built through the Department of Energy’s Commercial Building Partnership, a program dedicated to accelerating energy-saving technologies into standard designs for commercial buildings.  

The new Home Depot store, slated for Rocklin, Calif., will require up to 50% less energy than standard commercial buildings, according to a press release on the project. Funding will come through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Completion is expected in mid-2012.

The design and construction team is WD Partners, a retail architecture and engineering firm with offices in six U.S. cities, in coordination with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a Department of Energy Office of Science and research lab.