The Katowice “3 Stawy” shopping center has been awarded Poland’s first Breeam In-Use certificate. The British certification system for European buildings analyses all aspects of the functioning and management of a given facility.
The process of certification helps building managers reduce the running costs and improve the environmental performance of existing buildings. An easy-to-use assessment methodology provides a clear and credible route map to improving sustainability. In practice, it assesses energy and water consumption, building materials, waste segregation, land use and management methods.
“3 Stawy” received the highest mark in three categories – effective use of energy and water, origin of the materials used and discharge of waste and sewage. The center was delivered in 1999 and later modernized. “For the last two years we had conducted several investments which helped to improve the facility as an environmental friendly” – says Agnieszka Nizio, Director of “3 Stawy”. “We modernized an underground car park’s lighting system. The light intensity remained at the same level, however we decreased the energy consumption by 74% in this part of the building” – she adds.
Apsys also modernized the lighting of the external car park and the elevation which reduced the consumption of energy by 35%. A former ventilation system is replaced by a new one managed by the Building Management System. All the implemented solutions give about 20% cost savings in total.
“3 Stawy” is located at 60 Pułaskiego St. It is managed by Apsys Poland, a shopping center investor and manager. An owner of the shopping center is Union Investment Real Estate AG.