To receive an ENERGY STAR score and certification, a Retail Store must:
- be a single store that is at least 5,000 square feet
- sell consumer goods (as opposed to services)
- have an exterior entrance to the public
- be one of these retail property configurations:
- A free-standing store
- An individual store in an open-air or strip mall
- An anchor store in an enclosed mall
Retail Stores within other property types (such as a bookstore in an office building or apartment building) can get a score but cannot get certification as a retail store. In that case, the entire building has to be included for certification.
The Retail Score applies to these types of stores:
- Department Stores
- Discount Stores
- Warehouse Clubs
- Drug Stores
- Dollar Stores
- Home Center/Hardware Stores
- Apparel/Specialty Stores (e.g. books, clothing, office products, toys, home goods, and electronics).
The Retail Score does NOT apply to these types of stores:
- enclosed malls
- individual stores located within enclosed malls
- lifestyle centers
- strip malls
- individual stores that are part of a larger non-mall building (i.e. office or hotel).