One of the ways that we have been able to test new efficiencies in our stores is through the construction of our two Eco Pod stores, located in Parc Tawe, Swansea and Wrekin Retail Park, Telford.
We developed the Eco Pod idea to explore ways to make building, operating and maintaining a coffee shop as sustainable and low-energy as possible and these two stores were especially constructed to meet those ambitions.
The design features of the two buildings are what allows us to make this happen – the equipment within the Eco Pod stores all operate in exactly the same way as the rest of our stores, but the following features are embedded in the structures themselves:
A special frame made from sustainably sourced FSC timber, which replaces the typical steel frame and so reduces each building’s carbon footprint
Super-insulation, which keeps the stores warm in winter and cool in summer
Intelligent positioning of the buildings, designed to make the most of the sun’s heat and so reduce the amount of energy needed to keep them warm
Rooftop solar panels
Everything we learn from our two Eco Pod stores is being carried into our conventional stores wherever possible, helping us further our efforts to drive down energy consumption and continuing to protect the environment in exciting and pioneering ways.