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/certification with the rest of the building.
The Retail Score applies to these types of stores:
- Department Stores
- Discount Stores
- 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).
Convenience Stores, Automobile Dealerships, and Restaurants are not eligible to earn an ENERGY STAR score as Retail. Supermarkets are eligible for an ENERGY STAR score under the Supermarket property type. Warehouse Clubs and Supercenters are eligible for an ENERGY STAR score under the Warehouse Club/Supercenter property type.