Scotmid unveils new energy-saving store


co-opScotmid Co-operative has unveiled its new energy-saving store in Moredun in Edinburgh, in what it says is “one of the first and most innovative major sustainability retrofits in the UK”.


Scotmid Moredun has been fitted with a range of technologies to reduce energy consumption, including a building management system that uses real-time data to make efficient use of resources such as lighting, heating and refrigeration.


The store’s lighting uses sensors near the windows to automatically adjust to natural light levels outside. The lights have also been upgraded from fluorescent to LED dimmable fittings, to reduce energy consumption, and will switch off when certain areas of the store are not in use.


Efficient heating and heat recovery are other key elements. Heat generated by the fridges is recovered to help heat the building, while an air curtain blows out ambient air to stop heat from escaping when the store doors open.


All of the fridges have doors to improve their energy efficiency, and are programmed to switch off when alcohol is not for sale to conserve energy. Even the store’s ATM has been fitted with energy-efficient LED lights.


As well as the new energy saving measures, Scotmid Moredun will be home to a modernised post office, offering customers access to Post Office services seven days a week, from 7am – 10pm.


John Brodie, Chief Executive of Scotmid Co-operative said:  “We hope Scotmid Moredun will be a model for what an energy efficiency retrofit can achieve for retailers, and we are very thankful to Resource Efficient Scotland and our other contributors for their support of the project.”


Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland said: “Taking this approach with an existing store is a genuinely innovative move, as while retailers can easily specify new build stores to high efficiency standards, it is considerably more challenging with an older building.”


By Talking Retail