SANTIAGO, Chile--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, Silver category, to InOutlet Premium Lurín. This is an important milestone for Parque Arauco (SSE: PARAUCO) as this is the first shopping center in Peru to receive this recognition. This achievement is further proof to Parque Arauco’s commitment to sustainable building after Arauco Quilicura in Chile was the first mall in the country to obtain LEED certification in 2015.
“The neighborhood of Lurín needed a shopping center with sustainable characteristics, and we are very happy to have been able to fulfill our commitment and achieve this certification in collaboration with the municipality authorities and the neighbors”
"We have been able to conceptualize, build and operate a sustainable shopping center by implementing `green' design and construction practices in all areas in which we have direct control such as lighting, climate, water, emissions and waste management," said Alonso Gamero, Manager of Infrastructure and Development at Parque Arauco.
Specialists worked on the lighting and climate infrastructure in order to achieve energy performance by using ecological refrigerants that prevent the deterioration of the ozone layer in the refrigeration system; as well as interior and exterior lighting that limits the lighting power density to 18 w/m2, which together will generate an improved energy performance for the project (10% energy savings) as well as a comfortable climate for the users.
Similarly, the projects looked for efficiency in the use of potable water, obtaining an expected 34% savings with installations that reduce use of water in bathrooms, faucets and showers, and reducing the use of potable water for watering plants by 74% by replacing the grass with native plants and installing a water treatment for plants that allows the watering system to only use treated water.
The project has 18 preferential parking spots for low emissions vehicles and 36 bicycle parking spots. The project is designed to maximize the open space and has 27% of the land as open space and 25% with vegetation from typical plants from the area in order to reduce the need for constant watering and additional treatment.
InOutlet Premium Lurín has naturally ventilated spaces as well as mechanical systems that generated adequate ventilation for the quality of air required. The outlet also has a residual collection room with sufficient space to have the prequalification of waste and establishment of a recycling program for paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and metal.
“The neighborhood of Lurín needed a shopping center with sustainable characteristics, and we are very happy to have been able to fulfill our commitment and achieve this certification in collaboration with the municipality authorities and the neighbors,” highlighted Alonso Gamero.
With this Project, Parque Arauco adds a new LEED shopping center to its portfolio, in addition to the LEED Silver Project, Arauco Quilicura in Chile. This recognition provides additional support to the company’s commitment to sustainability, as shown by the company being the first Latin American real estate company to enter the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Emerging Markets Index, which incorporates 95 companies in the world.
About InOutlet Premium Lurín
InOutlet Premium Lurín inaugurated in 2016 with 8,500 m2 of GLA. The modern outlet is located to the south of Lima, on the 32rd km of the Panamericana Sur Highway. The outlet is home to over 100 brands including well-known names such as: Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, Samsonite, Michael Kors, Hush Puppies, and Marathon, among others.
About LEED Certification
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The program studies the impact a building will have on its environment throughout its life span and evaluates its impact using the highest international standards.
Parque Arauco has 977,000 m2 of total GLA in Chile, Peru, and Colombia. The company inaugurated its first shopping center in Chile in 1982, entered Peru in 2005 and Colombia in 2008. The company’s assets include seven regional shopping centers, four premium outlet malls and fourteen strip centers in Chile; six regional shopping centers, eight neighborhood centers, two premium outlet malls and two strip centers in Peru; and three regional shopping centers in Colombia as well as a large land bank to support the company’s future growth plans. For more details, visit the company’s website: www.parauco.com.