Tesco Eco Store, Tramore
- Client: Tesco Ireland
- Architect: Joseph Doyle Architects
- Value(€ million): 18
- Value($ million): 25
- Completion date: 2008
- PUNCH services: Civil, Structural, Sustainability, Environmental
- Awards: Finalist at the NIEA Sustainable Ireland Awards 2009, Finalist for the Public Choice Award at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Irish Architecture Awards 2009
PUNCH worked closely with the other design team members to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly development. PUNCH chose Glulam for the main frame structure as a renewable construction material, the raw material being harvested from specifically managed forests which are managed in accordance with the sustainability principle that more trees are replanted than harvested. Thus the timber is not only readily available but is also constantly renewing itself over time. When comparing the energy in the production of Glulam materials, the production of steel requires up to a factor of 6 times more energy. Glulam timber is also an excellent storage medium for the harmful greenhouse gas CO2, withdrawn from the atmosphere and stored by the tree during its growth period and absorbed for a long time. 50% GGBS replacement was also incorporated in the concrete mix design to reduce the amount of ordinary Portland cement used for concrete elements, further reducing the carbon footprint of the structure. Other initiatives include the use of roof lights to reduce the requirements for artificial light, new technology to create self sufficiency for heating and hot water, solar panels to generate electricity and recycling measures including grey water harvesting which saves half a million litres of water a year.
This Tesco store in the south east town of Tramore is the first environmental store – or Eco Store – to be built in Ireland. The 30,000ft2 retail outlet uses 45% less energy than a comparable supermarket of similar size and is the first super market in the world to receive a Passive House Certificate. Setting a new benchmark for green technology and construction in retail in Ireland, Tesco Tramore will save 420 tonnes of CO2, a 30% annual saving.
PUNCH Consulting Engineers are proud to be part of the first super market in the world to receive a Passive House Certificate for sustainable design, setting a new benchmark for green technology and construction in retail in Ireland and around the World.