Shopping center first in U.S. to earn new building rating
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The Oaks, a shopping center in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and owned by Macerich, is the first in the United States to earn the new BREEAM USA In-Use certified green building standard.
The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating system has a 25-year track record of driving efficiency improvements in new and existing buildings around the world, reports Facility Executive. The BREEAM USA In-Use standard, administered by BRE America, is designed to address the 5.6 million pre-existing non-residential structures in the United States that are not currently able to benchmark sustainability efforts using a scientifically-based green building certification.
In partnership with Macerich, building auditor Healthy Buildings implemented the BREEAM In-Use standard at The Oaks, a 1.3 million square-foot property anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Muvico Theatres. The Oaks, built in 1978 with renovations in 1993 and 2007, incorporates a wide range of environmental upgrades including:
- 6,000 solar panels producing 1,652 kW of power
- LED lighting with control protocols to minimize energy consumption and lower carbon footprint without any impact on shopping experience
- Upgraded HVAC system minimizes energy usage
- More than 500 tons of mixed recycling every year
- Integrated thermal controls in the common areas and mall offices regulated to save energy while providing a comfortable work environment
“We look forward to bringing the BREEAM USA In-Use registration and certification to properties across the country, because any building, no matter the size, age or performance level benefits greatly from measuring and monitoring its environmental performance,” BRE America CEO Barry Giles said.
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