Sustainable Features - LEED Shopping Center

LEED Retail Development - Green Development















NEW:  Shops 600 - the shops closest to Abercorn has a vegetated green roof which provides insulation and storm water management.

Solar Panel on the roof provides free hot water to tenants in that building.

Case Study: pdf shops600projectsheet_2007

  Abercorn Common is the first all-retail LEED shopping center in the United States to become LEED certified (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) through the U.S. Green Building Council.  Abercorn Common received Silver certification in April, 2006. 
Celebrate A Difference Photos Here

While the lush landscaping may conjure images of environmental consciousness, much more is going on at this site. Some of the main features include:

- A cistern which collects rainwater from the roofs of the entire shopping center, to the tune of 5,000,000 gallons per year. This water is then used for irrigation, reducing demand on this precious commodity.

- Speaking of water, the entire shopping center is over 30% more water-efficient than a typical shopping center. This has been accomplished through ultra-low flow fixtures, toilets and waterless urinals.

- Preferred parking is offered for those who drive hybrids or tenants who car pool.

- A highly-reflective white roof reflects away heat, keeping the entire center cooler.

- A tighter building envelope, the white roof, and high efficiency HVAC systems make this center over 30% more energy-efficient than a typical center, saving tenants money on utility bills.

- Low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints, sealants, and adhesives were used throughout the project, improving indoor air quality for shoppers and workers.

- Approximately 1 acre of porous pavement throughout the parking lot lets stormwater drain naturally and reduces local flooding.

- Construction: Over 85% of construction debris, totalling over 6000 tons of material, was kept out of the landfill through recycling or reuse.

- Specifications: Recycled materials and those manufactured locally were used extensively throughout the project.

- On site recycling of cardboard, plastic and glass.

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