Costa’s Eco Pod — billed as the UK’s first ‘zero energy’ coffee shop — was yesterday officially opened by the newly-appointed Mayor of Telford, Councillor Leon Murray.
The Whitbread-owned chain gathered its development partners, sustainability experts and the local community to thank those involved in the project and mark the success of the Eco Pod’s environmental performance – saving 54% of the energy used in a ‘conventional’ unit in its first month of trading.
The combination of sustainable technologies, smart architecture and intelligent use of building materials means the unit has achieved its target of balancing its energy consumption to be ‘zero energy’. The Eco Pod’s energy-saving features include solar panels which help to power the building and passive ventilation which naturally manages the internal temperature, keeping it at suitable and pleasant levels for customers and staff alike.
Oliver Rosevear, energy and environment manager for Costa, says the chain is delighted with the performance of the Eco Pod unit since its launch.
“Our latest data indicates that so far the store has reduced its pure energy usage by 54%, compared to a ‘conventional’ unit– showing that the building is performing as planned,” he said. “This success is helping us to learn more about sustainable building design which in the future could potentially be incorporated into our coffee shops and help shape the wider industry.”
Last week the Eco Pod received an A+ EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating, the highest band achievable. The UK average rating for an existing commercial unit is D, according to Costa.