The latest Target Zero guide can help warehouse operators save millions of pounds in energy costs as well as providing invaluable guidance and information for designers on how to design and construct sustainable warehouses.
Information in this Target Zero guide is based on a recently completed building at ProLogis Park near Stoke-on-Trent. The chosen warehouse has achieved both BREEAM “Excellent’ and an EPC ‘A’ rating.
The Target Zero methodology is to modify and define a basecase that just meets the 2006 Part L requirements. The basecase building, along with Target Zero’s recommendations for similar projects provide a set of best practice guidelines.
The report demonstrates how it is possible to implement a package of compatible, cost effective energy efficiency measures to yield an impressive 54% reduction in regulated emissions. By applying the Target Zero package a 25-year net present value saving of approximately £2.5M is possible.
The studied warehouse is a four span steel portal frame structure, featuring 24 dock levellers, 12m haunch height and rainwater harvesting. A similar precast concrete and glulam framed warehouse was found to have a 14% higher embodied carbon impact.