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Sustainability Certification - Shopping Center Requirements

Prerequisites

  • At least 25,000 square feet
  • At least 18 months after substantial completion or repositioning
  • At least 75% occupancy
  • Smoke-free interior common areas
  • In compliance with all environmental laws
  • Commitment to respond to annual IREM survey

Baseline Requirements – All Properties Must Complete

Management

Perform a sustainability market assessment

Management

Discuss sustainability and investment goals with owner or supervisor

Management

Commit to monitoring the effect of sustainability on property financials

Management

Hold meetings with your staff team, at least quarterly, to discuss progress on sustainability program

Management

Establish a plan for marketing your sustainability success

Energy

Establish an energy management policy

Energy

Benchmark energy use in areas under management control

Water

Establish a water management policy

Water

Benchmark water use in areas under management control

Health

Establish an IAQ management plan

Health

Conduct an IAQ walk-through in areas under management control

Recycling

Assess your recycling practices and options

Recycling

Conduct a waste and recycling container audit

Purchasing

Establish a sustainable purchasing policy

Purchasing

Assess your purchasing practices and options

Options for Each Category

  • Earn a minimum of 2 points in each category
  • Accumulate at least 62 total points by completing the activities of your choice
  • Download the Shopping Center Checklist to track the points you earn
  • Click on each category to view your options
 

Energy

  • Commit to ongoing training on energy management for maintenance team
  • Hold periodic property manager-maintenance supervisor meetings to discuss energy management and property financials
  • Conduct a walk-through to detect malfunctioning equipment and opportunities for improvement
  • Provide information to tenants on energy management
  • Recommend ENERGY STAR equipment for tenant build-outs
  • Reduce energy consumption by 5% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Conduct an energy meter inventory
  • Determine if onsite renewable energy installations are feasible for the property
  • Reduce energy consumption by 10% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Reduce energy consumption by 15% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Implement at least one green or energy-aligned lease
  • Install energy-efficient lighting in the parking lot
  • Install a cool roof on at least 15% of the entire roof surface area
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has a chieved an IREM-approved local green standard for existing properties/operations and maintenance.

Water

  • Commit to ongoing training on water management for maintenance team
  • Check for water leaks
  • Provide information to residents on water management
  • Establish a plan for improving water efficiency in landscaping
  • Install high-efficiency fixtures in areas under management control and recommend high-efficiency fixtures for tenant build-outs
  • Conduct an inventory of water meters
  • Reduce water consumption by 5% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Reduce water consumption by 10% over baseline in areas under management control
  • Replace 25% of existing planted area with native vegetation/xeriscaping in areas under management control
  • Install a water reuse system
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has a chieved an IREM-approved local green standard for existing properties/operations and maintenance.

Health

  • Establish a green construction policy for renovations and tenant build-outs
  • Conduct a health and safety check on the property
  • Provide filtered water for shopping center guests in common areas
  • Recommend green-certified materials for tenant build-outs
  • Recommend healthy lighting for tenant build-outs
  • Establish a smoke-free policy for the entire property
  • Use green-certified materials in areas under management control
  • Employ green cleaning services for areas under management control
  • Provide wellness-inspired amenities for shopping center guests
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has achieved the WELL Building Standard.

 

Recycling

  • Install recycling signage throughout the property
  • Provide information on recycling program to tenants
  • Establish a construction waste management plan for renovations and tenant build-outs
  • Establish a policy for recycling e-waste, batteries, light bulbs, and bulk items
  • Set diversion rate goals for the property
  • Improve the property's diversion rate by 10%
  • Hold regular recycling and/or donation drives for tenants and guests
  • Conduct a waste stream audit
  • Establish recycling services
  • Improve the property’s diversion rate by 15%
  • Improve the property's diversion rate by 20%
  • Establish additional recycling services
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has a chieved an IREM-approved local green standard for existing properties/operations and maintenance.

Purchasing

  • Use green-certified products in common areas
  • Use sustainable products for copier operations
  • Use compostable paper products (cups, forks, etc.) for management operations
  • Purchase green power, carbon offsets, or renewable energy credits for areas under management control
  • Work with vendors to decrease packaging materials for management orders
  • Include sustainability clauses in vendor contracts
  • You can claim all points in this category if your property has achieved an IREM-approved local green standard for existing properties/operations and maintenance.