New Boots store rated ‘excellent’ for environmental considerations
November 16 2015
A Boots pharmacy has been given an ‘excellent’ environmental rating for its sustainable construction methods and energy efficiency.
The store opened last year and has now received the rating under the BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) accreditation scheme. This is described as “the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.”
Among the features incorporated into the store in the new North Lincolnshire Retail Park in Scunthorpe, are:
- solar panelling to generate over 16% of the electricity needed to run this store;
- natural lighting – the in store lighting automatically adjusts to how bright it is outside meaning less energy is wasted;
- smart heat – the store extracts heat from where it’s not needed to heat parts that are too cold;
- LED lighting has cut energy usage by 50%;
- sustainable wood cladding on the outer building.
The design and construction of the store is estimated to have reduced energy consumption by over 45%.
Sophie Longmate, Energy and Carbon Reduction Manager, Boots UK, said: “We’re thrilled that our store has been recognised with the BREEAM accreditation. This is our most energy efficient store at Boots UK, and being given the opportunity to build it from scratch with property solutions business, Simons, means that we have been able to massively reduce its energy consumption. We’re committed to supporting the communities we operate in, and have been delighted by the positive reception this new store has received.”