Eco-construction represents 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 team mates alike (better acoustics and appearance, less noise pollution).

The construction and operating of our sites represents 5% of Decathlon’s CO2 emissions. This is why our teams are seeking solutions to environmental efficiency as early as the design stage.

Decathlon collaborates with 4 internationally recognised certifications:

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – created in the USA.
  • BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) – created in Great Britain.
  • HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale) – created in France.
  • DNGB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) – created in Germany.

Since 2010 in France, Decathlon made eco-construction 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).

Target eco-construction for each new site

Number of certified stores Situation on 31/12/2015
51stores (vs 35 in 2014)

or 45.7% increase. In all, 12.82% of our company-owned retail space is certified.

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.

Landscape integration

Landscape integration 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.

In 2015 there were 19 certified sites in France: 14 stores, 3 warehouses and 2 brand sites. To add to this figure, a modernisation program for 165 non-certified buildings was launched, principally to replace heating appliances, ventilation systems and lighting systems with high energy performance systems; and also to fit them with computerised BMS systems.

  • Magasin Décathlon de Niort.
    Eco-construction Decathlon store Niort – France with landscape integration
  • Magasin Décathlon de La-Teste-De-Buch.
    Decathlon La Teste de Buch - France, with the integration of wooden sheds.
  • Magasin Décathlon de La-Teste-De-Buch.
    Global view of the Decathlon store in La Teste de Buch – France with landscape integration.
  • Magasin Décathlon de Calais.
    Decathlon Calais – France with stone wall.
  • Magasin Décathlon de Calais.
    Decathlon store in Calais - France, with landscape integration.


Awards for our sustainable architecture

eco sport award
EcoSport Awards for Decathlon France

The very first “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.

Innovation at the heart of our Building Management Systems

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/her 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.

France progresses from 0 to 270 stores fitted with BMS in 2015!

Not only does the system optimise the energy performance of the sites, it also:

  • simplifies operating procedures.
  • homogenises data collection.
    Smart buildings will become a must that will apply to all operators.

    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.

    €62 million

    energy budget for all Decathlon sites worldwide.

    In Brazil for example, a developing country for Decathlon, an LED project has been put in place and will be launched in 2016.