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Retail is responding to consumers’ eco concerns


Nhood’s Etienne Dupuy / Enerbrain’s Alberto Riboni / Kiki Lab’s Fabrizio Valente    ®Yann Coatsaliou

KICKING off the MAPIC session, From Responsible Consumers to Sustainable Places, Fabrizio Valente, founder and CEO of Kiki Lab, told delegates: “There’s a growing sense of responsibility among consumers and the business community is responding with more sustainable places.” As an example Valente cited Green Pea, a 15,000 sq m sustainable department store in Turin from the team that created the Eataly food hall business. “Built using sustainable materials, the building is fully demountable so it could be moved and reused elsewhere,” Valente said.
Etienne Dupuy, CEO of regeneration specialist Nhood, said the key to a successful and sustainable project is engaging with people. He said Nhood uses surveys, working groups and roundtables to arrive at a site vision before starting any project. “A scheme is only successful if it’s connected to its neighbourhood,” he said.
In Lille in Northern France, Nhood used this approach to inform its La Maillerie project that repurposed redundant industrial buildings into residential, retail spaces and smart parking. “Reusing existing buildings is always the best option,” Dupuy said.
And now technology is helping managers reduce the carbon impact of buildings in everyday use. Enerbrain uses AI and extensive data monitoring to improve the performance of HVAC (heating ventilation and air conditioning) and building management systems. According to Enerbrain’s international sales manager Alberto Riboni: “Our algorithm monitors and optimises systems in real time to deliver energy efficiency while maintaining comfort levels.” For example Enerbrain was able to drive down energy use at a 15,000 sq m Carrefour site in Turin by 29%, saving 340 tonnes of Co2 per year.



 
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