Santa Monica Place awarded LEED Gold
Santa Monica, Calif. — Santa Monica Place, the open-air shopping center in downtown Santa Monica, Calif., has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“We have long said that the most sustainable building is one that already exists, and our decision to reuse and redesign the existing structure into what you see today – a three-level, open-air property with views, fresh air and plenty of sunshine – was an essential step toward LEED certification," said Art Coppola, chairman and CEO Macerich
By recycling the existing structure into the current Santa Monica Place, Macerich turned a climatized indoor mall into an outdoor center, reducing/offsetting 3,060,024 million kWhs energy, and during construction, diverted more than 90% of construction, totaling 68,519,409 lbs., from landfills. In terms of the property’s ongoing operations, Macerich makes use of “14 Points of Presence” (POPs) throughout the property to integrate operational disciplines, such as energy management, metering/submetering, UMS, CCTV, access control, Wi-Fi, voice over IP, digital signage, concierge, valet and parking management services into a single, robust infrastructure. The center also incorporates water-efficient landscaping, a green roof element and many other sustainable property features.
Santa Monica Place’s LEED Gold certification comes in the Core and Shell category, which reflects the role of a shopping center developer with respect to individual tenants and their own store build-outs.
Santa Monica Place features approximately 550,000 sq. ft. on three levels.
Cooper Lighting: Call for entries in lighting competition
Peachtree City, Ga. — Cooper Lighting has announced a call for entries for its 36th Annual Source Awards national lighting design competition. The competition, which focuses on furthering the understanding, knowledge and function of lighting as a primary element in design, is open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers and consultants who use Cooper Lighting fixtures in an interior or exterior design project. This year’s competition will once again seek a creative use of fixtures providing energy-efficient design solutions in addition to standard projects.
The competition requires the primary and predominant use of any or all of the Cooper Lighting brands, which include Halo, Halo Commercial, Metalux, Portfolio, Neo-Ray, Corelite, Sure-Lites, Lumark, McGraw-Edison, Fail-Safe, Lumière, Shaper, IRiS, Ametrix, RSA, io, Invue, MWS and Streetworks.
Projects will be judged on the blending of aesthetics, creative achievement, technical performance and to the degree which the lighting met project constraints and design concept goals. There will be no minimum or maximum number of awards given, as each project will be judged on its own merit. Award categories will include: Winner, Honorable Mention and Award of Recognition.
Judging for the 36th Annual Source Awards competition will take place in February 2013 by a professional, independent panel of lighting and design professionals, as well as a representative of the Source, Cooper Lighting’s lighting education center. Winners will be announced in April 2013.
To download more information, go to Cooperindustries.com/content/public/en/lighting/resources/education/source/source_awards.html.
Simon Property Group: 100% of malls now recycle
Indianapolis — Simon Property Group said Thursday that 100% of its enclosed regional malls and Mills value properties now offer waste recycling to merchants.
"The fact that every one of our enclosed properties is now recycling cardboard is an accomplishment that makes us proud," said George Caraghiaur, senior VP energy and procurement at SPG, who coordinates the company’s sustainability efforts. Caraghiaur also noted that pilot programs are underway for plastic film recycling and composting of food waste.
Simon said it has depended on the commitment and efforts of its tenants to reach the 100% participation mark.
In addition to waste recycling, Simon said it focuses on energy efficiency as a core sustainability strategy. Through the continued use of energy conservation practices, energy efficiency projects, and continuous monitoring and reporting, Simon said it has reduced energy consumption at comparable properties every year since 2003. As a result, excluding new developments and expansions, the company reduced the electricity usage over which it had direct control by 299 kWhs since 2003. This represents a 26% reduction in electricity usage across a portfolio of comparable properties and reflects significant operating savings. Simon’s documented reduction in greenhouse gas emissions resulting from its energy management efforts is 210,000 metric tons CO2e.