Here in the U.S., we have LEED certification to set the standard for green building. In the U.K., however, that standard is set by BREEAM–and now, a new, ultra-green grocery store is making a bid to enter the select ranks of retail establishments to achieve an ‘excellent’ rating under this system.
The new 4,162-square-meter (13,654-square-foot) Morrisons supermarket planned for Peterborough–to be built by Wilmott Dixon at a cost of £9.5 million ($15.7 million USD)–is projected to be the first in Europe to be entirely lit by LED lights.
It will also be one of the first supermarkets anywhere with an exclusively hydrocarbon-based refrigeration system, doing away with energy intensive hydroflorocarbons. Morrisons is adopting this tech after thorough testing at its research and development facitlies in Hereford and a trial run at its Telford store.
Other green features include natural daylighting via skylights and solar power via an extensive photovoltaic system, covering the building’s north and south roof-sides, respectively. The building will use rainwater to flush its toilets and will utilize solar gain on the south side of the store to help power the heating system in the winter.