B&Qs new low carbon store in Tamworth, Staffordshire, is trialing new technologies as part of the companys drive to cut its overall carbon footprint by 90% by 2023. Opened last week, occupying 45,000 sq feet and providing 110 jobs, the Tamworth store has been designed with sustainability in mind. Technologies including double lobby doors and windows which automatically close and open according to the temperature, sun-pipe lighting to make the most of natural daylight and rainwater to flush loos are all installed. The store has also reduced its impact on the environment by stopping air leaking from the building and putting in draft lobbies to cut heat loss. Not only does this reduce the heat demand but, according to B&Q, it should also cut the stores carbon usage by more than 20%. Store manager, Dave Beech, said: “We have built an eco-store of the future that Tamworth can be proud of.”
New energy saving measures trialed at eco-friendly B&Q store - DIY superstore leaders B&Q have launched their first “eco-friendly” store in Tamworth, Stafforshire.
This pilot scheme is designed to reduce the stores carbon usage by 20%, so in affect saving them money on bills, whilst also being envorinmentally friendly to the World.
It sounds a bit too good too be true to me, if voted a success then how can a company that large warrant spending so much more money on its existing stores to bring them all in line? It would cost them millions for what would be seen as very little gain in the short term.
Obviously the theory of the low carbon store is great news for the greater good of the planet and the like, but it just seems like another way of promoting a new store to me!