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New tighter building for Tesco
The new Tesco Distribution Centre in Teesport has achieved an exceptional level of airtightness. Built by Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd and tested by BSRIA, the building scored air permeability of 0.41m3/(h.m2) and an air leakage index of 0.69m3/(h.m2) setting a new standard for an already stringent Tesco target.
Tesco has been building airtight stores in collaboration with BSRIA for over seventeen years with an airtightness specification that far surpasses those required by the Building Regulations.
The new 90,000m2 centre incorporates external office and scissor lift pods that raised concerns of potentially leaky junctions with the external walls.
Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd commissioned BSRIA for design advice and air testing on these joining areas in order to eliminate them as a potential cause of failure for the whole building. BSRIA first carried out smoke tests removing the concerns over the suspected areas. The full testing was then carried out with a minimum disruption to the site and immediatelly available results revealing an exceptionally air-tight building.
Ross Campbell, Head of Development at Tesco, says: "Working with BSRIA is helping us in our aim of continually improving the environmental impact of our business as well as cost-based performance."
Dave Horton, Contracts Director at Bowmer & Kirkland says: "The exceptional level of airtightness was achieved through meticulous attention to detail by the Bowmer &Kirkland and Tesco teams with advice from BSRIA"
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