Costa opens first ‘zero-energy’ unit

WHITBREAD’S COFFEE shop chain Costa has launched a zero-energy concept, featuring innovative energy saving technologies, which could have a significant impact on the future of building design in the out of home market. 

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Costa has partnered with retail specialist Hammerson to launch the new store within the Wrekin Retail Park in Telford, Shorpshire.


The coffee shop took 13 weeks to build. Based on a metric whereby the energy produced is greater than the energy consumed, the shop achieves zero-energy. This is achieved by means of passive ventilation, innovative construction techniques minimising the energy required to heat and cool the building.


Key design features include:


  • A special timber frame constructed using FSC-sourced timer as and alternative to a traditional steel frame, reducing the embodied carbon footprint of the building
  • An insulated facade using soft wood with excellent energy retention propoerties; keeping more heat in during the winter and the interior cool in the summer
  • Intelligent orientation of the building to achieve optimum levels of sun and shade, impacting on overall energy requirments for heating and cooling
  • PV solar panels on the roof
  • An under-floor heating and passive ventilation system