B&Q open Greener Store

B&Q has recently opened its greenest ever store. The 159,000 sq ft store in New Malden, Surrey, will produce around half the carbon emissions of the company’s other stores, thanks to innovative eco features.

These include a 20kW wind turbine, the largest integrated turbine to be installed on a UK building; ground source heat pumps to heat and cool the store; a rainwater harvesting system to provide some of the store’s water; solar panels for electricity and hot water; and a sedum roof, which absorbs CO2 and reduces rainwater run-off.

Shopping, meanwhile, will be made easy with the new Reserve & Collect service, which will enable customers to reserve products online and collect them in store, including B&Q’s One Planet Home range of more than 2,000 eco products.

To celebrate the opening of the new store, B&Q customers can buy a roll of loft insulation for just £1, enabling them to insulate an average-sized house for less than £25.

B&Q is one of 12 organisations in the UK to have achieved The Carbon Trust Standard, which is awarded to organisations that measure, manage and reduce their carbon footprint. For help in making your home more environmentally friendly, see www.diy.com/oneplanethome.

Retail Week: B&Q’s New Malden eco-store from Retail Week on Vimeo.

By Andrew Wilcox

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