Windcatchers are a design feature for new Tesco store

Monodraught Windcatchers

Helping to achieve a major reduction in the carbon footprint of Tesco’s first major Eco store at Cheetham Hill, Manchester, are the Monodraught Windcatcher natural-ventilation units that are clearly visible on the roof. The store’s carbon footprint is 70% lower than that of an equivalent sized store built just over two years ago, and the fuel bill has been reduced by 48% based on 2006 baselines.

The 11 oval-shaped Windcatchers are 4 m high and finished in the blue and grey Tesco livery.

The 4400 m2 store in a development area near Manchester is built to an environmental formula that will provide a low-carbon blueprint for future Tesco stores built in the UK.

Steve Howard, chief executive of The Climate Group, which has worked with Tesco on its low-carbon strategy, urged other companies to use the Cheetham Hill store as a template for future low-carbon buildings. He says, ‘This new blueprint store is an example that we hope other businesses will follow.’

Opposed-blade dampers controlled by the BMS can precisely control airflow through the building. They can be fully opened at night to purge the building using cool air.

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