March 31, 2017
TaiKooHui Guangzhou achieves LEED Platinum Certification
TaiKooHui mall in Guangzhou has been awarded LEED Platinum certification under the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system. This certification was awarded in recognition of the mall’s sustainable operations and management, which offer maximum benefit to the environment and building occupants. This is the first LEED Platinum Certificate under the EBOM category presented to an enclosed shopping mall in the world.
“We are honoured to receive this Platinum certification for our mall,” said Herman Chui, General Manager of TaiKooHui, Guangzhou. “At Swire Properties, we take sustainability very seriously; I am proud that TaiKooHui is helping lead the way by implementing innovative sustainable measures to improve our environmental performance. This recognition from LEED is testament to Swire Properties’ commitment and ongoing efforts to integrate sustainability in our operations and invest in the well-being of our staff, tenants and visitors.”
Mr Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of the US Green Building Council said, “By certifying to LEED, TaiKooHui mall demonstrates a strong commitment to the health, comfort and well-being of the people who visit the mall, and to the community at large. TaiKooHui mall has truly helped to raise the bar as to what we should expect from our built environment.”
LEED’s EBOM rating system places a strong emphasis on running buildings in a way that offers maximum benefit to the environment and building occupants, without a huge capital outlay for the newest, greenest technologies. With this certification, TaiKooHui mall was recognised as having performed outstandingly in all benchmarks, ranging from the use of materials to water saving and energy consumption.
The mall adopts stringent measures to control energy and water consumption in its operations. Examples include the launch of sustainably designed washrooms which are equipped with water-saving fixtures such as waterless urinals and the use of greywater for flushing. The mall has also adopted a series of energy-saving measures, including the optimisation of its air-conditioning systems, and upgrading lighting in public areas and the carpark to LED lighting. In addition, the mall has also installed a food digester. By collaborating with its F&B tenants, TaiKooHui has helped convert tenants’ food waste into fertiliser for plants in the building.