Shopping for Green

By Mirel, Diana | Journal of Property Management, September/October 2006 | Go to article overview

Shopping for Green


Mirel, Diana, Journal of Property Management


Famous Properties

Savannah, Georgia plays host to first all-retail LEED-certified shopping center by Diana Mirel

In a city committed to historic preservation, it is rare to stumble across a property blatantly embracing modern methods of design.

But in Savannah, Ga., Albercorn Common-the first all-retail LEED-certified shopping center-is a testament to the community's commitment to green building design. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is a national standard for developing highperformance, sustainable buildings awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sustainable design continues to gain popularity in the real estate and development community nationwide, and Melaver Inc., a development and management firm in Savannah, was determined to bring it to the retail environment.

As the first LEED-certified retail development in the country, Melaver is making a statement to the industry.

"The shopping center industry has a tendency to do what we've always done," said Scott Doksansky, director of portfolio management. "It is critically important to the industry to show that a LEED project can be done in a retail environment."

Albercorn Common is a poster child for sustainable design. The shopping center's irrigation system utilizes rainwater harvested from the buildings' roofs and stored in a large cistern behind the center-a process saving 5.5 million gallons of water annually.

Melaver also installed porous pavement in the parking lots, allowing water to naturally percolate into the ground and reduce stormwater run-off by more than 30 percent.

In addition to the irrigation system, the shopping center utilizes water-efficient plumbing fixtures, like waterless urinals and ultra-low water fixtures, which have reduced water use by 40 percent. …

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