Construction is underway for the country’s first Green Star supermarket which is set to open in Richmond mid 2021. The Countdown initiative is part of the supermarket’s overall commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 63 percent by 2030 versus its 2015 baseline.
Countdown’s acting general manager property, Matt Grainger, says there has been a shift in thinking around how stores need to be built to meet Countdown’s 2030 carbon emission target.
“Green Star is a useful tool that has helped us plan, design and build our Richmond store in a completely different way. It has encouraged us to try new technologies and building practices, and we aim to learn from this and apply these learnings to new builds for Countdown going forward.”
To secure the Green Star rating, the store will included transcritical refrigeration, LED lighting, solar energy, energy and water metering, connection to an energy management system, a focus on sustainable procurement and materials, and water conservation measures.
Grainger says the team at Countdown spent time reviewing previous builds against the Green Star scorecard, as well as working closely with the Green Building council on design, to ensure the Richmond store would meet criteria.
“We’ve also worked really closely with our building contractor, Gibbons Naylor, to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill during construction, recycling demolition waste where possible, commissioning building services efficiently, and focusing on sustainable products within the build where possible.”
The Green Star scorecard also measures the quality of the indoor environment and sustainable transport options, with features like visual and audio comfort, EV parking and a bus stop taken into account.
“We’ve worked with the local council on the roundabout upgrade and will continue to support the project to help create a safer local environment for cyclists and pedestrians around the store. We’re really excited to create a supermarket and surrounding area that is best suited to the Richmond community.”
Chief executive of the New Zealand Green Building Council, Andrew Eagles, says the new Richmond store is great news for Countdown, its customers, and for the collective efforts to tackle climate change.
“This will be Aotearoa’s very first Green Star supermarket. Great green buildings use less water, have less carbon pollution, and are often better ventilated and lit, helping to make them healthier, nicer places for New Zealanders. We’re really looking forward to seeing Countdown roll out Green Star across even more of their stores around Aotearoa.”
The new Countdown Richmond will create around 120 jobs in the local area, and also feature an online Drive Thru for Pick up, a Countdown Pharmacy, a focus on accessibility, a cafe and other retail space.