Goal of 100% new site with eco-construction

Eco-construction represent a major investment for Decathlon but one that leads to major global long-term benefits: reduced energy bills, enhanced property assets, better landscape integration and improved well-being for our customers and collaborators alike (better acoustics and appearance, less noise pollution).

Since 2010 in France, Decathlon has made eco-designed buildings a central aspect of its sustainable development policy, with the goal of obtaining environmental certification for 100% of company-owned retail space (stores and warehouses).


Photo : Eco-designed Decathlon store Niort – France with landscape integration.

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« Landscape integration »

That concerns the local analysis of the vegetation, the biodiversity, the climate and influences the choice of building materials for optimal harmonisation between the building and the environment.

Eco-construction, energy saving

The eco-construction of our 19 sites, recognised as either HQE or BREEAM, have made energy saving of at least 50%, which translates as a average yearly reduction of between 50 and 80 KWh/m2 per year.

Decathlon has also focused its attention to LED lighting, initially by switching to LED for the 100 stores that used the most energy. It has also been able to make savings of 2 million euros.

In the coming year, Decathlon France will continue these efforts to environmentally certify their buildings, and develop buildings that create positive energy.

"EcoSport Awards” for Decathlon France

The first 2015 edition “EcoSport Awards” were created to build on the momentum created by the COP21 Conference on Climate Change.
Decathlon France won the Ecosport Awards in the “sustainable building” category, for the environmental certification of 19 sites and the improved energy performance of 165 stores.


Variable solutions according to geographic zone

In some countries, eco-construction needs to be approached from a different angle. This is the case for stores located in shopping malls where our teams are also working on the deployment of smart systems inside the malls.
In Brazil for example, a developing country for Decathlon, an LED project has been put in place and will be launched in 2016.

New innovative buildings

New buildings are extremely innovative compared to those built over twenty years ago:
– The natural roof light reduces the need for artificial lighting.
– LED lighting technology reduces energy consumption by 40% compared to standard lighting solutions.
– The Building Management System (BMS) makes it easier to control technical and electronic equipment and follow consumption in real time.
– Photovoltaic panels complete the energy mix at some sites.
– Landscape integration in particular represents a major break from our traditional store designs.

Innovation at the heart of our BMS

In 2015, Decathlon decided to invest in a software program named “Building Management System” (BMS) to pilot the technical and electrical equipment with remote monitoring of consumption for each site in real time. For the works managers, architects and maintenance operators the tool radically transforms how they work.
Even if everyone uses the same tool, each site manager is free to choose his energy consumption pattern.

The BMS is fully automated and allows for the collection of a site’s full energy data in relation to heating, air-conditioning, lighting and also the turning on and starting up of machines. This data is then automatically processed by the BMS to adapt the site’s energy needs in line with the standards or norms as defined by the site manager. For example, if he stipulates the heating should be set at 20°C and if the outside air should be used to heat the store, the program will adapt the energy needs accordingly to set and maintain the temperature at 20°C.