The Citycon owned and developed Martinlaakson Ostari shopping centre was awarded the second highest, gold level LEED certificate. Opened at the beginning of December 2011, the new Martinlaakson Ostari focuses on local, everyday services. It is located right next to Martinlaakso’s railway and bus station in the heart of the growing and densifying Martinlaakso district.
In the LEED certificate criterion Martinlaakson Ostari received thanks especially from sustainable land use: its location at the reach of excellent transportation services and in the middle of existing city infrastructure.
In addition the centre has a better than average efficiency in water use and energy consumption. Martinlaakson Ostari uses for example Green electricity. The high quality indoor air was given extra credit. The surface materials chosen for the centre admit as little as possible chemical compounds into the air.
– We are very pleased to get our fourth LEED certificate. Each certification project has been unique, but we have received high credits for sustainable land use in all our LEED certificated projects. All four processes have also built up our own knowledge. The certificate process of Martinlaakson Ostari advanced quite smoothly since it is a new building, not a redevelopment project, says Kirsi Borg, Citycon´s Vice President, Sustainabilty.
Sustainability is a central part of Citycon’s operations and the company strategy. Citycon executes all of its development projects in accordance with environmental certificates. Of Citycon’s centres Trio in Lahti, Rocca al Mare in Tallinn and Liljeholmstorget Galleria in Stockholm already have LEED certificates.
LEED certification, granted by U:S Green Building Council, provides independent, third-party verification on the environmental effects of buildings or development projects.
Additional information: Vice President, Sustainability, Kirsi Borg tel. +358 40 557 6526