Sainsbury’s new green store in Dartmouth, claims to be the first UK supermarket to fit Monodraught SunPipes in its main shop floor area.

Monodraught SunPipes, Sainsbury's green store, Dartmouth
Monodraught SunPipes, Sainsbury's green store, Dartmouth

85 Monodraught SunPipes were installed in the store, allegedly helping it to achieve its target of slashing by 50% the energy usage, and saving 40% of CO2 emissions.

SunPipes, which are energy free, are classified as ‘embodied carbon’. As the Sunpipes bring natural light into the store, artificial lights can be automatically dimmed or turned off to save energy.

Sixty-four 750mm diameter SunPipes provide natural daylight for the shop floor, with a further sixteen 750mm diameter units fitted in the offices, and five 300mm diameter units in other areas of the store.

Sainsbury’s is also aiming to be one of the first supermarkets to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.