Energy conservation vs leaving retail store doors wide open! What a hypocrisy!

Ok, so I have to vent on a subject that has been bothering me for a long time....

In California, like other states, there are Energy Conservation Standards. We go to great lengths to provide buildings that are energy efficient (envelope, HVAC, lighting, etc).

Yet, as I go through retail stores and some restaurants, most, if not all, leave their front entry doors wide open to the outside. So when temperatures are in the 90 and 100's outside, the HVAC is on full blast and the nice cool air is escaping through the entry door(s) to the outside. Basically, you are helping cool the outside of the building. Talk about putting a great demand load on the HVAC and energy use for the space that we were trying to conserve in the first place!!!

So why design for energy efficiency if we are going to do that??? It's an oxymoron! Why worry about designing energy efficient buildings when they are leaving their exterior entry doors wide open (talk about massive exfiltration problem)!!!! Does not make sense at all Confused

I know the reason why they leave the doors open and nice cool air blowing..it's very inviting for customers trying to escape the heat outside and makes sense to retailers..they will come in and this may be translates into sales $$$.

BUT from energy conservation point of view...what a hypocrisy! I say forget designing and mandating energy effeciency if that is the case.

What say you?
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Make it mandatory that the front doors are interconnected with the HVAC, and if they are left open longer than - say - 10 minutes (in case you have to haul something in or out for loading) - the units shut down. Once the doors have been closed for 5 minutes the timer resets and the units kick back on.

This should be very simple - just like a burglar alarm.
Nine Stores Fined for Propping Doors Open in Heat
By ANDREW BORYGA
Published: July 8, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07...region/09stores.html

Nine stores in Manhattan and the Bronx have been hit with $200 fines for leaving their doors open on hot days in the hope that the escaping cool air would lure sweaty customers. They are the first to be fined as part of a law enacted in 2008.

Last year, only warnings were given out. So far this year, the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has inspected 105 stores. Seventy were in compliance, 26 were issued warnings and 9 that had been warned last year were fined, said Kay Sarlin, a department spokeswoman.

Fines start at $200, and go to $400 for any further infractions in the following 18 months. The legislation states that any business larger than 4,000 square feet or part of a chain with five or more stores in the city must keep its doors closed when using air-conditioning.

Ms. Sarlin said four of the stores were in the Bronx: Jeans Plus, 62 East 170th Street; Bronx Kidstown, 4100 East 170th Street; Jimmy Jazz, 101 East 170th Street; and V.I.M., 540 Bergen Avenue.

The other five were in Manhattan: Filene’s Basement and DSW, both on 14th Street facing Union Square; Forever 21, 40 East 14th Street; Armani Exchange, 129 Fifth Avenue; and Brooklyn Industries, 161 Eighth Avenue.

Ms. Sarlin said inspectors respond to complaints and keep an eye out for offenders throughout the summer. Last year, the department reported an 81 percent compliance rate.

During the recent heat wave, however, plenty of stores seemed to be in violation, as a reporter made his own inspection.

A digital thermometer read a refreshing 79 degrees 10 feet away from the Zara store at 17th Street and Fifth Avenue, despite it being a muggy 97 degrees two blocks away. A street jewelry vendor named Jamaal stood near the doors, enjoying the breeze. “Whenever I need a break, I stand near the door for some fresh air,” he said. “It’s always nice and cool.”

Jamaal was disappointed five minutes later when, after a reporter’s brief conversation with Zara’s manager, who was unaware of the law, the doors were shut.

The Filene’s Basement and DSW stores had their doors open — and both received fines.

Malik Boyd, 28, stood in the cool 78 degrees near the doors while waiting for friends. “I appreciate the arctic breeze, especially on days like these,” he said.

Mr. Boyd said he worked in retailing and understood the law and the argument for energy conservation, but ultimately did not blame the shop owners. “It’s business,” he said. “Sometimes you got to do what you got to do.”
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