The Islazul shopping center in Madrid, owned by Nuveen Real Estate and managed by Cushman & Wakefield, is ranked first in the Spanish ranking in terms of environmental management, as confirmed by the sustainable construction certificate Breeam (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology).
Islazul became in 2012 the first Spanish shopping center to obtain this recognition. In 2016 it achieved the rating of “Excellent”, in 2019 “Exceptional”. Now, in 2021, it achieves the highest grade, the double qualification of Exceptional, which makes it the first and only national center to achieve it, the third highest in Europe among more than 2,000 certified projects in the retail field .
This distinction, which comes from the hand of Asla Green Solutions, goes beyond energy efficiency, encompassing aspects such as water consumption, the emission of polluting gases, waste management, or the health and well-being of the users of the Mall. The multiple measures carried out in recent years have led Islazul to improve in all categories of the Breeam methodology, translating into a decrease of 1,060,486 kg in CO2 emissions, a reduction in energy consumption by 1,631,512 kWh and a saving in the use of water of 13%.
This has been possible thanks to the monitoring of consumption, temperatures and schedules, the review of the operating protocols and the tightness of the building or the use of direct free-cooling in air conditioning. In addition, multiple measures have been adopted to reduce light pollution from outdoor lighting, two solar plants have been installed for self-consumption that represent an energy saving of 27%, and ecology studies and a biodiversity plan have been carried out.
The center also has a green roof that will be expanded in the coming years, with new equipment for cyclists promoting sustainable mobility and with the pioneering deterrent parking, the result of Islazul’s collaboration with the EMT and the Madrid City Council.