Retail fixtures may represent less than 5% of an overall building’s Embodied Energy/Embodied Carbon content, but with only a fraction of the lifespan represent a much more immediate impact on landfill and its associated costs.
In addition, fixtures are replaced on average every five years and thus have multiple impacts against the single lifespan of the building itself.
Despite this there has been insufficient research carried out and there is no industry standard measurement system for store fixtures in terms of environmental pros and cons.
Quantum4’s Ecosmart Grading is a simple, practical scoring system created specifically for retail fixtures and focused on recycling and waste minimization criteria; critically it takes account of both materials and construction.
We created the original system in 2006 and have developed it over the subsequent years, with support and advice from various specialist organisations including the University of Bath, WRAP and NISP. The system is flexible in terms of the criteria which can be utilised and the relative weightings applied, so that it can be customised to an individual client’s specific requirements.
When analysing equipment in a store, we first establish relevant fixture ‘families’ using 80/20 principles, then then break down the equipment into its primary and secondary components.
For each Sub-component, data on its Material, Finish, Weight and Quantity is generated using Quantum4’s specialised software systems. The individual Ecosmart Material Grade was then added, together with an analysis of whether or not the sub-component could be separated into its raw materials (ie De-constructed).
The criteria used in the grading of Materials is influenced by each client’s priorities, and by the quality and availability of the relevant data (e.g. Embodied Water may be added once robust data is available for relevant materials).
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Quantum 4 won the SME premier award at the BCE Awards ceremony held on the 8th June 2010 after entering the Awards for the first time this year following the development and successful implementation of its Ecosmart Fixture Design system.... more
WRAP's halving waste to landfill initiative helps UK businesses and individuals reduce waste & develop more sustainable practices... more.
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