Regency Centers, a grocery-anchored shopping center chain, has increased its annual energy savings by 75 percent, achieved LEED certification for three projects and tripled the amount of construction and demolition material recycled in 2012.
These sustainability improvements are part of the company’s commitment to reduce the environmental impact of developing and operating shopping centers through its Greengenuity program, Regency says.
Regency measures its Greengenuity progress in five areas: green building certification, energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and waste reduction.
Last year, three Regency projects achieved LEED certification, including new development Market at Colonnade in Raleigh, NC, Mariano’s Fresh Market at redeveloped Roscoe Square in Chicago and redevelopment Granada Village in Los Angeles. Since 2009, more than 60 percent of the company’s major development and redevelopment projects have sought LEED certification, and of those projects started in 2012, nearly half are seeking certification, the company says.
Regency has reduced its energy consumption since 2010 by 5.9 million kWh. In 2012, the company saved 3.6 million kWh. Networked lighting controls at 96 shopping centers, which remotely control on-off schedules of site lighting systems, combined with LED lighting and more efficient HID lamps, account for the majority of these savings.
In the area of water conservation, the company has implemented smart water management practices at 98 properties. An example includes the implementation of smart irrigation controllers, which adjust the irrigation schedule based on local weather conditions and other parameters. As a result, Regency has reduced water consumption by 401 million gallons since 2009 and 106 million gallons in 2012 alone.
Regency installed a rooftop solar panel array at the Shops at Saugus, located in the Boston suburb of Saugus, which generated 296,000 kWh of renewable energy last year. Plus, the company purchased 2,600 renewable energy certificates.
The company also reused or recycled more than 13,522 tons of construction debris in 2012, a 354 percent improvement over 2011.
Last month Marks & Spencer announced a “green” property lease policy intended to better manage new buildings’ environmental performance, and retrospectively add green clauses to 70 existing leases. M&S says all new leases or retrofit agreements will facilitate sharing of data on gas, electricity, water usage and waste in M&S-occupied buildings. This will encourage both the retailer and its landlords — typically shopping centers and retail parks — to reduce CO2 emissions.