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Waitrose store receives first BREEAM 'outstanding' rating for any retail store

A Waitrose store overlooking the Olympic Park in London has been awarded the world’s first BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ‘Outstanding’ rating for a retail building.

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Waitrose store receives first BREEAM 'outstanding' rating for any retail store

The shop which opened last autumn at Westfield Stratford City is the first Waitrose supermarket to run completely off-grid through an energy centre at the shopping mall which provides the store with all of its heating and cooling requirements.

It also features water-cooled, propane-based fridges which reduce energy demand by 25%.

Other environmentally friendly measures taken by the store include using of recycled materials in the construction of the shop, water usage reduction, low carbon lighting and the sending of unusable food waste to an anaerobic digestion plant.

Nigel Keen, director of development at Waitrose, said: "We always aim to achieve a ‘Very Good’ or ‘Excellent’ rating from BREEAM, so we are delighted to have gone one step further at Stratford and maintain our focus on responsible development and carbon reduction initiatives across our business."

Martin Townsend, director of BREEAM, added: "Waitrose has achieved the first BREEAM Outstanding in the retail sector. This is a remarkable demonstration of how the sector can adopt the highest level of sustainability and use innovative technology to drive energy efficiency.

"Using BREEAM is a key part of Waitrose’s carbon reduction and social responsibility and we congratulate the project team on their success."

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