31 Mar '15, 10am

Gold Leaf member @WhitbreadPLC is opening the UK’s first “zero energy” coffee shop @CostaCoffee

The coffee chain, owned by UK-GBC Gold Leaf member Whitbread, will open the “Eco Pod” at Wrekin Retail Park on Saturday. The shop’s zero energy is achieved through passive ventilation and innovative construction techniques. The energy required to heat and cool the building is minimised and the low amount of energy required for building temperature control will come from solar PV cells embedded in a specially curved roof. The building features an FSC sourced timber frame to reduce embodied carbon, an insulated facade using soft wood, intelligent orientation to achieve optimum levels of sun and shade, and an under-floor heating system and passive ventilation, in addition to the solar PV. The 150 sq m building, which can seat 58 people inside and 20 outside, took 13 weeks to complete and was designed and fitted out in partnership with Hammerson. Jim Slater, Managing Director ...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/news/costa-opens-uk%E2%80%99s-first-...

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