FACTORY Warsaw Annopol earns BREEAM Europe certification for sustainable design

 FACTORY Warsaw Annopol earns BREEAM Europe certification for sustainable design

The complex, Warsaw’s largest outlet centre, will open in 2012 with 122 units representing prestigious brands: Levi’s, Puma, Reebok and Lee, among others.

FACTORY Warsaw Annopol’s BREEAM Europe certification, together with the certification of Coruña The Style Outlets (Spain), positions NEINVER as the leader in sustainable architecture in the retail sector.


First retail centre in Poland to be certified.


FACTORY Warsaw Annopol and Coruña The Style Outlets are the first properties to obtain BREEAM Europe certification in their respective countries.

Madrid, 25th May 2011.- FACTORY Warsaw Annopol, an outlet centre developed by NEINVER, has been granted BREEAM Europe certification for its sustainable design. The centre’s architectural traits and sustainable design earned this recognised honour, making it the first retail centre in Poland and the second NEINVER project to get this certification.

FACTORY Warsaw Annopol, which will become Warsaw’s largest, will have 19,300 m2 of Gross Leasable Area (GLA) spread over 122 units from top domestic and international brands, such as Levi’s, Puma, Reebok, Lee, Bytom, Simple, Wittchen and Wrangler.

“When FACTORY Warsaw Ursus opened, we were pioneering the outlet concept in Poland. Likewise, we broke new ground in updating the concept by transforming and upgrading our centres. Now we are pioneers again by earning the first BREEAM Europe environmental certificate in Poland, and we are proud of that because it shows our projects’ balance with nature and their surroundings”, said Barbara Topolska, General Manager of NEINVER Poland.

Environmental commitment

The emphasis on respect for the environment and the community, along with optimisation of natural resources, have been among NEINVER’s key principles since its foundation, and are reflected in its projects. One proof of this is the recently opened Coruña The Style Outlets, the first property in Spain to earn the BREEAM Europe certification. The architectural techniques used in constructing the centre minimizes the building’s negative impact on the environment and its users.

Coruña The Style Outlets maximizes the use of natural light, taking advantage of it for 35% of the common areas and the shops. Also, the centre’s technical equipment reduces water consumption by nearly 50% and pollutant gas emissions by 30%.

BREEAM Retail Certification

BREEAM is an independent evaluation system for sustainability of construction projects, which monitors and verifies a building’s environmental performance regarding categories such as health, energy, water, transport, life cycle of materials, waste reduction, improving and conserving the surroundings, and reducing pollution.

In 2008, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), one of the main business associations in the shopping centre industry, standardised this certificate as a common environmental evaluation method for all shopping centres developed in Europe.

 

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