Geothermal energy for furniture store

Bilfinger Tebodin has already supported the construction or modernization of Ikea branches in Romania, the Czech Republic and Poland. The customer has also been counting on the expertise of the colleagues for the first store in the Serbian capital of Belgrade – and is placing particular emphasis on a sustainable approach.

Sustainability is at the top of the agenda at Sweden’s furniture giant: by 2020, the company plans to produce as much renewable as it consumes in its buildings. At the new store in Belgrade, for example, plans called for certification in accordance with the international BREEAM sustainability standard. To achieve this goal, requirements must be met in the areas of waste, transport and ecology.

Alternative energies and innovative energy efficiency measures will also play a role for the new furniture store. In Winter, the building will be heated using geothermal heating and in the summer the same technology will be used for cooling – three geothermal probes draw heat from the rooms and redirects it into the ground. A portion of the electricity needed will be generated by photovoltaic modules installed on the roof of the store.

Bilfinger Tebodin is involved in the project as a consulting engineer in accordance with the standardized contract from the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC). Among the tasks of the Serbian colleagues are the technical supervision of the development, construction supervision as well as coordination services in the area of health and safety. Bilfinger Tebodin has already supported the construction or modernization of Ikea stores in other countries. “The deciding factor for the award was our local presence and our knowledge of the local market”, says Project Manager Aleksandar Miskovic.

The new furniture store with more than 30,000 square meters of retail space opened on 10 August 2017. Further stores in other Serbian cities are expected to follow.