Premier mall bags Lunhaw Award

LAST March 17, SM Lanang Premier was awarded a Lunhaw award for its sustainability program. The mall was recognized for its permeable pavements and parking spaces and was cited for the Green Building category. The ceremony was held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.

SM Lanang Premier is the second SM mall in the city. It opened in September of 2012 with green operations considered in its design and architecture. The permeable pavers applied in its open parking and the open grounds minimize rainwater runoff. The feature also allows rainwater to infiltrate underground. Further, it helps maintain natural ecosystem permitting grass to grow in the paver gaps.

Apart from the permeable pavements, the premier mall’s building is also designed to be energy efficient with its utilization of skylights and louvered shades. Vestibules, exterior finish system and aluminum composite panels also help in the mall in minimizing energy consumption. The mall operates with a variable speed drive and focus enterprise activation system for its air conditioning system, and utilizes LED and compact fluorescent lamps which further promote energy conservation.

The mall practices proper solid waste management and conducts the regular Trash to Cash recycling market fair every first Friday and Saturday of the month. Water is conserved with the mall’s sewage water treatment facility, allowing the mall to re-use 70-80% of its wastewater for its cooling tower and toilet flushing.

“It is SM’s mission to be a socially responsible corporate citizen, by ensuring environmental sustainability thru various programs on energy, water and air conservation,” mall manager Therese Lapeña-Manalo shares.

Its sister mall, SM City Davao, has also won numerous awards for its green initiatives including the WWF Best Environment-Friendly Practices in 2009, Lunhaw Award Green Building Award in 2014, and the Don Emilio Abello energy efficiency award which made the malls’ program an official entry to the ASEAN Energy Awards.

Earlier in the year, SM Aura Premier received the prestigious LEED Gold certification after meeting the standards set by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). SM Aura achieved LEED Gold by following and exceeding international standards in indoor air quality, thermal comfort, as well as energy and water efficiency.

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