A store belonging to the fashion brand Zara in the Australian city of Melbourne has seen its sustainable credentials boosted by being granted a prestigious award.
The energy efficient building has achieved a gold level in the internationally recognised LEED system for judging green buildings, reports Inside Retailing.
Situated on Bourke Street and spreading over three storeys, the company which owns the brand has said that they intend it to provide a blueprint for new stores in the chain.
Among the features installed in order to make the store more environmentally friendly are lights which use ten per cent less energy than those in conventional retail spaces.
Further to this water use is cut by 37 per cent and the store is equipped with areas to collect recycling for items such as hangers and delivery boxes.
Customers and staff are encouraged to cycle to the store with the provision of 14 bicycle racks, showing its willingness to continue the ethos of the building in everyday use.