The Prada Group (Prada, Miu Miu, Church, etc.) has certified 80 of its existing worldwide brand stores according to the LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance (O+M) certification in collaboration with FGB studio. The Group also aims to certify around 300 stores according to LEED (O+M) by 2024.
The LEED certification, whose name stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, has been developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is one of the most widely used green building rating systems in the world. LEED-certified buildings have the ambition to help to make the world more sustainable according to design, construction, and operations practices aiming to improve environmental and human health.
This process has been accomplished utilizing Arc, a technological platform helping already existing buildings and spaces track, manage and improve performance across five areas: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. Each store is equipped with an Arc-certified FGB studio monitor that measures air quality and collects real-time data. Each monitor communicates directly with the Arc platform, streamlining the reporting process and connecting each boutique with a global network of LEED-certified buildings. As part of the project, the Prada Group’s employees participated in a survey, to better understand each store’s attributes and the impact on employee health and well-being.
On 31 December 2021, the Prada Group counted three LEED certified building design and construction projects: the company’s Scandicci plant, based near Florence, its logistic hub in Levanella, near Arezzo, and the Marchesi 1824 Laboratory in Milan which is now in the phase of pre-certification. Together with these buildings, it counts 57 LEED v4. Interior Design and Construction stores, and 81 LEED v4.1 Operations and Maintenance (O+M) stores – of whose 80 certifications obtained in 2021 thanks to FGB Studio and one in 2019 thanks to BEE Incorporations.