news from BRE

published: 1/11/2012

BREEAM 'Outstanding' at the double for Waitrose

The very high standards of sustainability needed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating have been met by not one, but two new Waitrose stores – at Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Bracknell in Berkshire.

Both supermarkets are served by their own on-site energy centres, which deliver heating, cooling and power from sustainably-sourced local woodchip. This technology allows the stores to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions and boost the local economies through new jobs and the purchasing of woodchip.

Other green initiatives incorporated, for example, into the design of Waitrose East Cowes include propane-based refrigeration technology which reduces energy use by 20%, ‘sun pipes’ throughout the store to let natural light into the store, and a cold-air retrieval system instead of air-conditioning.

The new store in Bracknell is the first Waitrose to showcase a wide range of biodiversity features, including a ‘green’ roof to improve drainage and provide an area for wildlife, a ‘living’ wall to promote wildlife movement around the site, hedges instead of conventional fencing and nest boxes for bats and swifts. There’s even a ‘bug hotel’ situated in the car park, constructed with the help of local primary school pupils, to provide a safe haven for hibernating insects.

Waitrose East Cowes has received an interim BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ for the design stage of the project and the Bracknell store has been awarded final, post-construction certification. They are following a trail blazed by Waitrose Stratford City in the Westfield Stratford shopping centre, which opened in autumn last year. It was the first Waitrose supermarket to be run completely off-grid and the first retail premises in the world to be awarded BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ at the post-construction stage.

‘We recognise the benefits of using industry-leading accreditation,’ said Toby Marlow, General Manager, Sustainable Development for Waitrose, ‘therefore we committed in 2010 to adopting BREEAM assessment as a key tool in aiding our design and construction of low carbon shops. This is embedded into our ways of working, delivering reductions in our carbon emissions, lowering our running costs and educating partners and customers on the subject of carbon reduction, social responsibility and our overall community interaction. All of these will help us to achieve our business objective of an absolute carbon reduction.’

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Notes for Editors

BREEAM is an internationally recognised measure of a building’s sustainability. Some 245,000 buildings have been BREEAM certified and 950,000 registered for certification – many in the UK with smaller but increasing numbers in more than 50 other countries. Highly flexible, the BREEAM standard can be applied to a very wide range of building types and locations, with versions for new buildings, existing buildings, refurbishment projects and large developments. They are independently assessed – by licensed assessors – for their performance in energy and water use, health and well-being, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management. BREEAM is based on the latest scientific knowledge and is regularly updated in line with new developments, evolving legislation and feedback from users. The current standard was launched by BRE Global in 2011 and the next update is due in 2013.