REDEVCO Turkey has again been awarded a BREEAM certificate, with a rating of "Very Good", this time for their Gordion Shopping Center, due to open on 17 September. Gordion Shopping Center is the first green shopping center and the first BREEAM-certified building in Ankara.
Like REDEVCO's Erzurum Shopping Center project, which was awarded a BREEAM certificate last May, the Gordion Shopping Center project served as a pilot project for the development of the BREEAM Europe Retail scheme. BREEAM is the world's longest-established and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings.
Once Gordion has opened, the shopping center will also apply for a BREEAM in Use certificate, to ensure that the environmental performance of the building is continuously improved, a key principle of REDEVCO's environmental policy.
Gordion Shopping Center will partly generate its own on-site energy. A cogeneration system will provide approximately 18% of the center's electricity needs. The efficiency of the system will be maximized by using waste heat for heating and cooling. This will lead to lower CO2 emissions than in any other shopping center in Turkey. As the center is located over a subway station, CO2 emissions caused by visitors will be reduced too.
REDEVCO has long regarded sustainability as an important part of its business activities. As a responsible property owner and developer, and a founding member of the Turkish Green Building Council, it has felt duty-bound to use technologies that are already available to bring about groundbreaking improvements in the energy efficiency of new shopping centers.
REDEVCO has now let about 90% of the Gordion Shopping Center. Besides drawing visitors through its anchor tenants Carrefour, Electroworld, Zara, C&A and Marks & Spencer, Gordion will also be a leisure meeting point for residents of Çayyolu and neighboring districts, thanks to Cinebonus and the recently signed deals with the popular and well-known restaurants Num Num, Cookshop and Sushico.
Gordion Shopping Center was designed by Chapman Taylor Architects and RedevConcepts.