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balanced with natural daylighting
sensors, allow for lighting to only
be used when the building calls
for it.
Coupled with motion sensors,
interior light sensors and
setpoints, the store is extremely
efficient, he said, due to it
continually changing through the
time of day and time of year.
The HVAC works with the
refrigeration system to control
humidity and ensures the proper
function of interior humidity and
temperature levels.
COVID created many obstacles
for Storemasters' clients, Ott said.
But they primarily focused on
providing patrons and employees
with a safe and clean shopping
experience.
"Most grocery stores were
relied on more and more by
people that didn't typically shop
as much," he said. "Restaurants
and other food outlets were not
open or allowed, so the grocery
store industry realized substantial
overall gains in sales."
Those overall gains in sales
provide retailers with additional
funds that can be earmarked
for energy efficiency and other
reinvestments in their stores.
"We work with retailers to
invest these funds towards
upgrades or replacement
equipment to make their
operations run more efficiently.
In the future, Ott sees
movement towards more
renewable sources that can
benefit the grocery industry.
Solar cooling, Solar PV panels
and water-cooled refrigeration
systems, for instance, have been
around for a while, but they're
starting to pop up more in more
in grocery stores, he said.

Energy efficiency,
but also health
Recent research has shown that
increased air changes could help

flush viruses out of buildings. As
a result, Burns & McDonnell has
seen a greater prioritization on
health-related strategies than
energy efficiency, Allen said.
"As the pandemic continues, a
completely new control strategy
will inevitably be developed to
decouple outside air from air
turnover. In tandem, overall
energy efficiency strategies
will also incorporate infection
control."
There's a dual focus on
mitigating virus spread from
person to person, while
simultaneously protecting food
and products, Klysen added.
Burns & McDonnell anticipates
growth in automation and the
integration of new technology,
such as UV infiltration systems, to
significantly increase within food
processing plants, particularly in
warehouses.
"Both technological
advancements can greatly
improve efficiency, while
supporting social distancing
and minimizing outbreak risk,"
Klysen said.
It will come as no surprise,
given the current circumstances,
but e-commerce has rapidly
increased across the industry,
Allen said.
That development will soon
begin impacting the design of
stores and how owners manage
e-commerce from stock rooms.
"Currently, stock rooms are
sectioned off for pickup locations
and it can be challenging to find
enough space to hold goods,
while keeping all products
stored at proper temperatures,"
Allen said.
A new approach to design is
needed for this new retail world.
"We're helping some clients
determine the most efficient
locations and ways to store food
from e-commerce orders costeffectively."

NOVOLEX CHARTS
AMBITIOUS COURSE ON
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency is front and center in Hartsville, S.C.based Novolex's new Sustainability Report, the second
annual report from the food packaging industry leader.
In 2019, according to the report, Novolex improved
its data collection processes to include both Scope
1 and Scope 2 emissions data from all of its global
manufacturing operations.
Energy use is a significant driver of emissions, with
most of the company's energy use coming from natural
gas and grid electricity. In 2020, Novolex will begin
purchasing renewable energy to further reduce its
emissions and will also continue to seek opportunities
to make energy efficiency improvements at its plants.
Additionally, the company reported progress by reducing
greenhouse gas emissions from use of truck fleets.
The report also documents progress Novolex is making
towards greenhouse gas reductions in its supply chain, as
well as the creation of more environmentally sustainable
products for customers. In this year's report, the
company details metrics on use of recycled and certified
materials, greenhouse gases (GHGs), fleet efficiency
and employee safety.
"As Novolex continues to grow, we have identified key
metrics to gauge our success and challenge ourselves to
do even more," said Stan Bikulege, Novolex Chairman
and CEO. "Our aim is to play a leading role in the
circular economy. With COVID-19 reminding us of the
importance of protective packaging, the time is now
for manufacturers, NGOs, brand owners, government
regulators and consumers to join together to expand the
world's recycling infrastructure. Working together, we
can get there."

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