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Walmart Canada building sustainable fulfillment centre in Surrey, B.C.

The building's HVAC system will be designed to reclaim heat rejected from the refrigeration system to heat offices and radiant under floor heating.


Walmart Canada has plans to invest more than $175 million to build a new 300,000 sq. ft. fresh and frozen grocery facility in Surrey, B.C. 

The building designers will focus on sustainability, including plans for it to be a zero-waste facility when it opens in early 2022 (the project has an anticipated 14- to 18-month build period with construction beginning in early 2021).

Specific sustainability features will include:

  • LED lighting and intelligent controls, reducing lighting energy consumption by 70%
  • alternative battery cell (lithium) to reduce overall power consumption at the site
  • refrigeration systems using environmentally-preferable CFC-free carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • HVAC system designed to reclaim heat rejected from the refrigeration system to heat offices and radiant under floor heating
  • use of electric Walmart fleet vehicles travelling to and from the facility

The new facility will deliver fresh produce and frozen grocery to 60 stores throughout B.C., providing better access to grocery items for Walmart Canada’s stores in the province.  It will also reduce the company’s long-haul trips reducing its carbon footprint.