The Taikoo Hui Mall project in the Tianhe area of Guangzhou, China, recently achieved LEED Platinum status under LEED O+M: Existing Buildings. Sarah Alexander, Vice President, Certification, at GBCI, and Nellie Cheng, director of USGBC global market development, attended the ceremony.
In 2012, both office towers in TaiKoo Hui achieved LEED Gold certification under LEED 2009 BD+C. The mall project, which encompasses 1,291,830 square feet, has now certified at the Platinum level. The owner of the building, Swire Properties, focuses on the environmental performance of its development and incorporates sustainable measures throughout a building’s life cycle, from planning and design to operation and maintenance. By the end of 2016, Swire Properties had 12 LEED-certified buildings.
“At Swire Properties, we take sustainability very seriously," commented Herman Chui, General Manager of TaiKoo Hui, Guangzhou. "I am proud that TaiKoo Hui is helping lead the way by implementing innovative sustainable measures to improve our environmental performance. This recognition from LEED is testament to Swire Properties’ commitment and ongoing efforts to integrate sustainability in our operations and invest in the well-being of our staff, tenants and visitors.”
Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO and President of USGBC and GBCI, extended his congratulations to TaiKoo Hui mall: “By certifying to LEED, TaiKoo Hui mall demonstrates a strong commitment to the health, comfort and well-being of the people who visit the mall, and to the community at large. TaiKoo Hui mall has truly helped to raise the bar as to what we should expect from our built environment.”