Certification forms an essential element of Citycon's efforts toward sustainable development. All of Citycon's (re)development projects are carried out in accordance with international environmental certification systems. The most widely recognised environmental certification systems are the LEED® and the BREEAM.
Citycon's BREEAM In-Use certified shopping centres
Citycon has launched an extensive project to introduce BREAAM In-Use certification for its shopping centres. So far, a total of 16 shopping centres owned by Citycon and four managed by the company have been granted the BREEAM In-Use certificate. Of these, eight are located in Norway, four in Finland, three in Sweden and one in Estonia. The BREEAM In-Use certified properties represent today 55% of Citycon’s portfolio measured by value. Citycon now boasts the largest shopping centre portfolio with BREEAM In-Use certification in the Nordic countries.
The certification project will continue and it is envisaged that 75% of Citycon properties will be BREEAM In-Use certified by 2017. Eight new certified properties are due for completion this spring in Norway alone.
- Norway (owned by Citycon): Glasshuspassasjen, Liertoppen, Kremmertorget, Kolbotn torg, Lietorvet, Kongssenteret, Sjøsiden and Heiane
- Norway (managed by Citycon): Stadionparken, City Syd, Markedet and Torvbyen
- Finland: Iso Omena, Koskikeskus, Myyrmanni and Trio
- Sweden: Kista Galleria, Liljeholmstorget Galleria and Jakobsbergs Centrum
- Estonia: Rocca al Mare
For more information, see http://www.breeam.com/
Citycon's LEED (re)developments
Citycon has four renovation and extension projects for which the company has seeked and received LEED certification. In the design and construction phases of the projects, special attention has been paid to environmentally friendly solutions, in terms of factors such as energy-efficiency, selection of materials, and recycling. Durable and reusable alternatives were favoured in the choice of building materials.
In the certification process, the construction project is rated according to six criteria: sustainability of land use, efficiency of water consumption, energy use, selection and recycling of materials, the standard of the indoor environment, and application of innovations in the design process.
- Trio, in Lahti, Finland
The first ever LEED certification in Finland and in the Nordic region was awarded to Trio renovation project in June, 2009.
- Rocca al Mare, in Tallinn, Estonia
The silver level LEED certificate was awarded to Rocca al Mare's extension and renovation project in January, 2010. The certificate was first in the Baltic countries.
- Liljeholmstorget, in Stockholm, Sweden
Liljeholmstorget is the first shopping centre in Europe to achieve the highest LEED classification, and one of the world's few platinum-rated buildings of any kind.
- Martinlaakson Ostari, in Vantaa, Finland
Martinlaakson Ostari shopping centre was awarded the second highest, gold level LEED certificate in April 2012.
The USGBC is committed to promoting environmentally responsible construction and enhancing the ‘green-awareness' of actors in the sector. For more information, see http://www.usgbc.org/