LEED is a certification system for sustainable buildings that was drawn up by the American "U.S. Green Building Council". Initially intended for individual buildings, it developed, not least at Starbucks establishments, into the so-called "LEED Volume Certification program", which enables a more simple certification of architectural concepts for retail and restaurant chains.
Starbucks gets serious with the subject of sustainability. In future, new coffee houses are to be certified according to the LEED standard. The first of these new and environmentally conscious coffee bars in Germany has been established at the Altmarkt in Dresden, on the ground floor of a new hotel building designed by the Dresden design offices Pfau Architekten for the Spanish NH group. In explaining the new design concept, which takes up the colours of the coffee world and makes liberal use of wood to create a pleasant and quiet atmosphere for enjoying coffee, Ross Shadix, Managing Director of Starbucks Coffee Deutschland states: "As of 2011, all our new coffee houses will be built according to the same environmental and design standards that we are presenting to our guests for the first time here."