IKEA Canada’s new Montreal store to focus on energy efficiency
April 17, 2013 - Home furnishings retailer IKEA says it remains committed to designing and building stores that are more sustainable. As such, the retailer says its new Montreal store will be 40% more efficient than the last stores built in the early 2000s.
By Anthony Capkun
Set to be complete early this summer, the Montreal store will feature energy efficiency highlights such as:
• Geothermal installation will deliver about 100% of the cooling and 50% heating needs of the entrance, loading dock and Smaland, when at full capacity.
• Use of hybrid heating and cooling system (added to existing high-performing equipment) with central systems meeting 60% of cooling needs, and decentralized systems meeting 100% of heating needs.
• Enhanced solar water heater system.
• De-stratification fans in warehouse to increase temperature efficiency.
• Building automation system for increased energy efficiency of building.
• Low-flow plumbing equipment.
• Water tap sensors in bathrooms.
• Efficient lighting sources in retail and office areas (LED, T5 and CFL).
• Office area equipped with light occupancy sensors.
• High efficiency hand dryers.
On top of this, all IKEA stores are required to measure, record and benchmark water, energy and waste key performance indicators (KPIs) to both their national and international counterparts.