York's Green Credentials

In July 2014, John Lewis York was awarded BREEAM Outstanding status, the first department store in the world to be granted this. BREEAM is a leading organisation in measuring sustainability and environmental performance in buildings worldwide.

The accolade was given because of the environmental considerations given during the development of the building with the re-homing newts living adjacent to the site and the creation of a wildlife wall to protect them. In addition, LED lighting is used across the store, and solar panels on the roof help to reduce carbon emissions alongside air displacement columns which ensure that the building is neither over-heated not over-cooled .

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