Following predictions of severe temperature drops, GEZE UK is urging retailers, architects and specifiers to consider the environmental and financial impact of keeping shop doors open when specifying entrance systems.
The retail sector consumed £3.2bn of energy in 2013 and as an industry has the second highest energy consumption in the UK.
Independent research by the GEZE-sponsored Close The Door Campaign found that retailers could reduce their winter energy consumption by between 30 and 50 per cent by simply shutting their doors when the heating is on.
Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director of GEZE UK, explained that specifying the right door will also help to contribute to energy efficiency. He said:
“There are a wide range of sliding, swing and revolving automatic doors available to suit every application. Activation products such as unidirectional radar sensors ensure automatic doors are only open when a user approaches, closing again as they depart, which reduces ‘hold open’ time by 40 per cent.
“What’s more automatic doors allow shoppers to enter and exit a store without needing to break stride, juggle shopping or let go of a trolley.”
The need to reduce energy consumption is particularly important this year with the National Grid’s spare capacity of just 1.5 per cent and temperatures predicted to fall as low as -14C in January.
Jeannie Dawkins, founder of the Close The Door campaign said:
“I founded the campaign after seeing the heat from open shop doors melting ice and snow on the street. It defies common sense – you wouldn’t turn on the heating and leave doors and windows open at home, so why do so many businesses do it?
“Independent research found that closing the door makes a huge impact. It reduces energy use and cuts a shop’s CO2 emissions by up to 10 tonnes per annum for heating days alone, the equivalent of three return flights from London to Hong Kong.
“But it’s not just about the environment, closing the door makes good business sense too. There are now thousands of shops of all types and sizes across the UK trading successfully with the door closed – none of which would be doing so if this adversely affected profit.”
For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic operators and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.