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Opening in August 2011, IGA Greenslopes is being Custom-built to reduce energy consumption and will meet a host of environmental performance indicators. IGA Greenslopes is owned by the Hopper Family who also own and operate IGA Cleveland, East Brisbane, Milton and New Farm. As such they were well aware that the majority of energy consumption in any supermarket comes from refrigeration. To minimise this, architects incorporated the latest European Manufactured refrigeration using non toxic CO2 at low temperatures and a C02 Liquid Recirculated system for medium temperatures. This dramatically decreases the potential carbon footprint of the store.
Throughout the supermarket, customers will see green solutions such as the reuse of existing structure (the building was previously a bowling alley) and the reconstituted stone and glass tiled floor. The latest technology in widow glazing has also been applied to minimise heat load, whilst on the roof solar panels will generate a percentage of the total power consumed by the building. Other less visible design choices also played a part in their quest to construct a passive supermarket. Overhead lighting fixtures are supported by natural light via skylights, whilst aisle lighting throughout the store utilises daylight and motion censored LED and T5 technology which uses up to 50% per cent less energy than traditional bulbs.
Air-conditioning is provided by a Green DX System which utilises the latest available technology including heat reclaim to dehumidify the system, a process that provides huge energy savings.
“We estimate that IGA Greenslopes energy consumption will be up to 45 percent lower than that of a traditional supermarket of comparable size” said Managing Director Brad Hopper. “This store is the result of making a conscious decision to use the most environmentally responsible solutions in every aspect possible. As an independent supermarket we are not bound by any particular design or layout restriction and therefore we were able to apply the recommendations of our Environmental Consultants and build the supermarket around those, rather than the other way around.”
Mr Hopper agreed that whilst there is an increase in construction costs, he had taken a long term view to the project.
“The green initiatives have increased the cost of construction by around 30 percent and we have justified this as we want to be environmentally responsible and try to set a benchmark in our industry. "However from a commercial perspective no doubt there will be some long term gains with the reduction in energy use. We covered as much we could whilst keeping the project commercially viable and will be constantly reviewing our operations and introducing new solutions as they become feasible.” He said.
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