New Culver City, Calif., Sprouts Farmers Market Offers High Efficiency HVAC&R Solutions

- New solutions projected to use 50 percent less refrigerant than industry average -

Jul 21, 2010, 09:10 ET from Trane

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 21 /PRNewswire/ --Just about everything is coming up green for the new Sprouts Farmers Market which opened in late June in Culver City, Calif. The 32,800-square-foot new store features high-performance heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) solutions that meet the company's sustainability objectives.

Sprouts Farmers Market leaders anticipate that the selected solutions from Hussmann and Trane will use approximately 50 percent less refrigerant than the industry average, providing the company with up-front and long-term savings.

Based on its commitment to being environmentally responsible, the store's management will receive the first ever "Energy Efficiency Leader in Retail Grocery Award" from Hussmann and Trane for the sustainable energy and operational efficiency solutions selected for the store. The award recognizes the importance of these choices and the owners' commitment to improving the shopping and working environment while increasing energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.

Details of the award presentation:

  • Dennis Gipson, executive vice president, cold chain, Ingersoll Rand, will present the award to Frank Davis, energy and refrigeration manager, Sprouts Farmers Market
  • The awards presentation will be at 11 a.m. on July 22 at 5660 Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City, Calif.

In addition to meeting Sprouts' sustainability objectives, the selected solutions allowed Sprouts to achieve the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) GreenChill "gold" certification presented to store personnel during the store's grand opening on June 23. This award represents Sprouts' fifth GreenChill award since becoming a new partner member with the EPA GreenChill program last year. Hussmann and Trane collaborated with Sprouts on two projects that received "gold" awards and one that received a "silver" award.

New partners in the GreenChill program pledge to exceed regulatory requirements by measuring and tracking refrigerant emissions. They then set reduction targets for these emissions. Partners also agree to use only ozone-friendly alternatives in all new and remodeled stores.

Also based, in part, on these selections, the store will become the chain's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified store later this year.

"Choosing these energy efficient systems reflects our commitment to being an environmentally responsible business within the community," said Doug Sanders, president and chief operations officer, Sprouts Farmers Market. "We are proud to be recognized by Hussmann and Trane for raising the bar in energy design and practices throughout the grocery industry."

"Sprouts is honored to be the first to receive this award," said Jerry Stutler, vice president of construction and facility engineering, Sprouts Farmers Market. "We selected this project to be our first LEED-certified building, and it has proven truly energy efficient in its design. This award and our EPA award bear this out."

Prior to selecting HVAC&R solutions for the new store, Sprouts Farmers Market's leadership team conducted an energy analysis to identify the most effective solutions for the space. Based on the results, they selected Hussmann Protocol distributed refrigeration systems designed to be placed on top of walk-in coolers close to the refrigerated cases to allow for short piping and use of less refrigerant.

By combining these systems with energy efficient SEER 15 HVAC solutions, Sprouts has been able to achieve substantial savings in construction and energy costs and refrigerant.

About Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts Farmers Market, an Arizona-based company, is one of the nation's fastest growing retailers sprouting in Arizona, California, Texas and Colorado. Sprouts also offers a large selection of vitamins and supplements, healthy body care alternatives, all natural meats, fresh seafood, bins full of bulk foods, an extensive selection of natural and organic grocery items, rBST free milk, imported cheeses, deli meats and more.  For weekly ads and other nutritional information, visit   Store hours:  7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

About Hussmann

Since 1906, Hussmann has provided inspired solutions to help retailers preserve and display fresh foods. Today, as a key Ingersoll Rand strategic brand, Hussmann is a global leader in providing equipment and services to manage controlled-temperature environments for food and other temperature-sensitive products. Hussmann refrigeration solutions improve merchandising, food safety, shelf life extension, sustainability and life cycle value for food retailers around the world.

About Trane

Trane, a business of Ingersoll Rand - the world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and energy efficient environments - improves the performance of homes and buildings around the world. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced controls for homes and commercial buildings.  For more information, visit

About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Hussmann®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers.  For more information, visit