On January 18, shopping and service centre “ŽALI” located in capital’s Balsiai micro-district was awarded interim design state certificate and a rating “Very Good”. In spring, when the shopping centre opens its door to the visitors, BREEAM experts will provide the final rating of the building.
Real property project developer and manager Baltisches Haus received a confirmation from international BREEAM centre in the United Kingdom that SSC “ŽALI” project complied with BREEAM standards. Swedish company COWI AB, an accredited BREEAM assessor, accepted thoroughly prepared reports on shopping centre design state without any remarks.
“This advance rating is very welcomed news. “ŽALI” project is gaining notoriety internationally, which provides not only confidence to our team but also motivates to successfully complete installation works”, Audrius Masionis, the Director of Baltisches Haus, tells.
The goal of the developer is to create future shopping centre which would preserve the environment, be convenient and human-friendly. This is demonstrated by separate project part BREEAM ratings. In the category of new construction buildings for retail purposes, the score of SSC “ŽALI” was 64.4 per cent out of 100 possible. Several aspects that received excellent rating should be mentioned, for example, environment pollution management (86%), waste management (80%), low energy costs (76%), water consumption from own well (67%), measures for ensuring employee and visitor health and wellbeing (57%), among others.
Further building compliance assessment work in order to award final BREEAM certificate will commence following the acceptance of the building by the state commission. It is expected SSC “ŽALI” will comply with all design requirements and will be awarded at least the same BREEAM rating.
BREEAM is the most widely used standard for assessing the impact of sustainable buildings on the environment and people and certification system for rating buildings according to 48 criteria, including energy efficiency, health and wellbeing, environment pollution, waste disposal, ecology and land use, building management and materials used.