60°F
weather icon Partly Cloudy

Las Vegas Cyclery’s design, systems make it ‘net-zero’ site

The notion that a bicycle store generates more power than it consumes from the local utility conjures up an amusing image of bike shop workers in a back room pedaling stationary bikes feverishly to run the store’s air conditioning and lights.

But in truth, Las Vegas Cyclery is that owner Jared Fisher invested $2.8 million to open a state-of-the-art energy-efficient building in Summerlin that is engineered to add a net amount of juice to the grid thanks to energy producers such as 208 solar panels, one of the valley’s few vertical wind turbines and store-powered, occupancy-sensor lighting.

The 9,785-square-foot ultragreen bike shop on an acre at Town Center Drive and Discovery Drive off Interstate 215 opened this month as a literal power plant and a shrine to energy efficiency. Construction cost $1.98 million; the land cost $800,000. Fisher financed his new building with a Bank of America loan and received no public grants.

Fisher moved his 15-year retail bike business from a strip center on Charleston Boulevard at Buffalo Drive because the former 4,800-square-foot space bursting at the seams with 500 bicycles crammed into the store, and it was always his goal to build a “net-zero” green building, that is, a structure that produces more electricity than it uses from the local power company over the course of a year.

The bike shop is engineered to run at 103 percent energy capacity, which means it is designed to generate 3 percent more power than what it is expected to consume during the next year. Las Vegas Cyclery will send extra power produced at the shop into the energy grid but will not receive money from NV Energy. Instead, the bike store will receive credits. He did receive a one-time $80,000 rebate from NV Energy.

But Fisher said he didn’t build the net-zero store for the incentives. He said he did it to inspire others to build green.

“I’d build the building if I owned a clothing store. I just happen to like bikes,” Fisher said. “I wanted to create an example for other businesses. We did this and we’re not a big corporation.”

Fisher, who also owns Escape Adventures Inc. in Las Vegas and Moab Cyclery in Utah, and runs the RTC Bike Center in downtown Las Vegas, began his meetings about the net-zero building idea as early as 2008 with his architect and general contractor, Wade Takashima, of Las Vegas-based Creative FIT.

Ultraefficient light-emitting diode lighting that emits little heat and two ways to cool the bike shop – a high-efficiency air conditioning and heating unit for extreme summer and winter temperatures and evaporative coolers for moderate weather – help make the building a net-zero structure, Takashima said.

The building’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design consultant, Jennifer Turchin of Sellen Sustainability in Las Vegas, said she is unaware of any other net-zero businesses in the Las Vegas Valley. NV Energy is also not aware of any other net-zero businesses under the rebate program in the Las Vegas area.

Las Vegas Cyclery’s annual revenues are $2.2 million, enough to cover monthly mortgage payments that pay for costs per square footage that are less in the new store than the price per square foot in the former rented space, Fisher said. The two-level building, which opened Dec. 4, is an attractive retail center with a 34-foot-tall roof, oversized pictures of bicycle scenes on the walls and a community meeting room on the second level.

It’s also a palace of green design, with energy-efficiency explanations posted everywhere.

Witness the “Renewable Energy Room,” behind a Plexiglas panel that shares retail space with bicycles and accessories. Outside the panel there’s a monitor tracking the solar panel power plus comfy beanbag-style chairs made from recycled banners and filled with bike box packing material.

In another room dubbed the “Re-Cycle Center,” old tire tubes are stored for future uses as rubber mats, waist belts and high school running tracks, while an electric bicycle charging station stands ready to juice e-bikes.

“Not only do we recycle our waste but we try and think of innovative ways to re-use that waste,” a sign reads.

In the bathroom, water-saving devices share space with wall posters that show a bicycle with a message, “Chick Dig My Ride.” The bathroom sink shows a Sloan low-flow water faucet that informs users, “This faucet uses as little as half-gallon of water per minute – a conservative flow that saves water” and is “sensor-operated and solar-powered.”

Outside, there’s the $30,000 wind turbine, a dirt bike trail that loops the building, bike parking for nearly 50 bicycles and preferred parking spaces for fuel-efficient cars such as hybrids and electric vehicles.

“We gave so much thought to every aspect of this building,” Fisher said.

The green bike shop has attracted everyone from students from a University of Nevada, Las Vegas environmental studies class to customers who appreciate the store’s environmental consciousness. Fisher noted the number of customers has increased in his new building, citing the interest of visitors curious about the green store.

“It says it’s a business that cares about the environment,” said Aaron Atwood, a mountain biker shopping at Las Vegas Cyclery this week.

Fisher’s building is on its way to drawing Platinum LEED certification, the pinnacle of a green building designation, said Turchin, the senior consultant at Sellen Sustainability. Turchin said there are only six publicly listed Platinum LEED certified buildings in Nevada, including four in the Las Vegas Valley.

“You don’t often run across an owner who wanted to do it because he felt it was the right thing to do,” Turchin said. “You usually get people who do it for incentives or marketing.”

Fisher also submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Energy in hopes of joining a list of net-zero buildings across the country. Fisher said his bike shop will be the only net-zero bicycle store in the country.

“We’re pushing electricity into your house and my house,” store manager Kurt Horack said.

Contact reporter Alan Snel at asnel@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5273.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Business Videos
How much do Las Vegas casino CEOs make?
Las Vegas gaming CEOs made anywhere between $1 million and $24 million last year, according to company filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. ((Las Vegas Review-Journal)
30-year-old Rio needs a little TLC
Nearly 30 years after the Rio opened, the red and blue jewel that helped catapult Las Vegas to a new level with its buffet and nightclub has lost its status along with its shine.
The latest on the Drew Las Vegas - VIDEO
Eli Segall recounts his tour of the Drew Las Vegas, formerly the Fontainebleau, on the Las Vegas Strip. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Pinball Hall of Fame to move near south Strip
Operators of the Pinball Hall of Fame have been approved to build a new, larger arcade near the south edge of the Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard near Russel Road. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
National Hardware Show underway Las Vegas
The National Hardware Show kicked off Tuesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Caesars for sale?
Caesars Entertainment Corp. has been swept up in takeover speculation since the company’s share price tumbled last year amid disappointing earnings and concerns over a recession. Amid the decline, hedge funds scooped up shares. Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn began buying shares of Caesars as early as January. Icahn acquired nearly 18 percent by mid-March. In February Icahn called on the Caesars board to study a sale as a way to boost shareholder value.
Las Vegas home prices
Las Vegas home prices grew fastest among major markets in February for the ninth straight month. But amid affordability concerns, the growth rate has slowed down. Southern Nevada prices in February were up 9.7% from a year earlier, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index. The last time Las Vegas' price growth fell below 10% was in September 2017, S&P Dow Jones Indices reported.
Free Parking Coming To Wynn
Free parking will come to the Wynn and Encore resorts on May 1, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
Founding Venetian employees talk about 20 years at the Strip resort
The Venetian, which opened May 3, 1999, is celebrating 20 years on the Las Vegas Strip. Seven original employees talk about opening the luxury resort and working there for two decades. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Circa aiming for December 2020 opening
The 1.25-million-square-foot property will have 44-stories and 777-rooms. It will also have a separate nine-story, 1,201-space parking garage.
Boxabl official explains the building concept
Boxabl business development manager Galiano Tiramani shows off a room built by his company. (Blake Apgar/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TI/Mirage Tram reopens
The tram that shuttles guests between TI and Mirage reopened this week after being closed for much of 2018.
Las Vegas Convention Center expansion taking shape
Renderings and actual footage show how the Las Vegas Convention Center is evolving.
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at Las Vegas convention
Former Starbucks CEO and potential presidential candidate Howard Schultz spoke at the Epicor Insights user conference at Mandalay Bay Convention Center Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Drew Las Vegas to open in the second quarter of 2022
The 67-story Drew Las Vegas is slated to open in the second quarter of 2022 at the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
NAB Day 1 (Time Lapse)
NAB kicked off at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday, April 8, 2019. (Mat Luschek / Review-Journal)
National Association of Broadcasters Show shows 1mm thick 8K TV with 22.2 channel digital sound
Japan’s NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories booth featured a 1mm thick 8K TV system used in conjunction with a 22.2 channel digital sound system at the National Association of Broadcasters Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Nevada shoppers react to Smith’s no longer accepting Visa credit cards
On March 1, Smith’s announced that it would no longer be accepting Visa credit cards at any of its 142 supermarkets, including the 45 in Nevada.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission asks how long Wynn executives knew about misconduct
Business reporter Rick Velotta gives an update on the adjudicatory hearing on the suitability of Wynn Resorts to retain its gaming license in Massachusetts.
Henderson app developer part of Startup in Residence
Henderson based developers of the app On Point Barricade are taking part in Startup in Residence, a North America program dedicated to pairing tech companies with governments. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Sam's Town employees and customers talk of their love for the iconic casino
Longtime Sam's Town employees and customers love each other and love their casino. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Las Vegas apartments rents
Las Vegas’ apartment market has accelerated in recent years. Developers are packing the suburbs with projects, landlords are on a buying spree, and tenants have filled buildings.
William Boyd talks about the birth of Sam's Town
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of Sam's Town, William Boyd, executive chairman of Boyd Gaming and son of hotel namesake Sam Boyd, talks about how the casino became one of the first local properties in Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
High Roller observation wheel turns five
The world’s tallest observation wheel celebrates it’s fifth year on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88s
Escape Room Industry Growing In Las Vegas
Escapology employees discuss the growing escape room industry in the U.S. and Las Vegas. (Bailey Schulz/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Impact of parking fees on visiting the Las Vegas Strip
There are no data showing a relationship between Strip resort and parking fees and the number of out-of-state visitors to Las Vegas. But there are data showing a relationship between Strip parking fees and the number of local visitors to the the Strip. ‘’As a local, I find myself picking hotels I visit for dinner or entertainment, based on whether they charge for parking or not,”’ said David Perisset, the owner of Exotics Racing. ‘’It is not a matter of money, more of principle.’’ A 2018 survey by the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance found 36.9 percent of Clark County residents reported avoiding parking at Strip casinos that charge for parking. 29.1 percent reported avoiding using any services from a Strip casino that charges for parking.
MGM's sports betting deals
MGM Resorts International signed a sports betting sponsorship agreement with the NBA in July It was the first professional sports league to have official ties with a legal sports betting house. The deal came just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting sports betting in most states. In October, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the NHL. In November, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the MLB. Financial terms of Tuesday’s deal and earlier partnerships have not been announced.
Faraday puts Las Vegas land on the market
Nearly two years after Faraday Future bailed on its North Las Vegas auto factory, the company has put its land up for sale. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
El Cortez owner Kenny Epstein on running the iconic property
Kenny Epstein, owner of the El Cortez Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, talks about Jackie Gaughan mentorship and answers rumors about bodies in the basement at the mob-era casino. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
LVCVA recommends construction of underground people mover
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced the recommendation for an underground people mover for the convention center. The system would have the potential to expand and connect Downtown and the resort corridor all the way to McCarran. (Michael Quine/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
THE LATEST