U.K. Grocer Goes Ultra-Green In New Store

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.

Morrisons

image via Morrisons

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.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.