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Beirut City Centre Mall - Hazmieh, Lebanon

 

Client

Suburban Development Company Sal.

 

Architect

Samir Khairallah & Partners (SKP)

 

Location

Beirut City Centre
Damascus Highway, Hazmieh
Beirut, Lebanon

 

Description

A new-build 7-storey shopping centre of circa 164,000m2, including four basement levels hosting parking facilities and retail areas. In addition to retail shops, the BCC Mall will house restaurants and cafés, a large Carrefour supermarket, and a movie theatre.

 

Objective

The Client’s initial aspiration was to achieve at a minimum the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Core & Shell 2009 “Silver” certificate. However, additional sustainability requirements were deemed obtainable throughout the construction process, and the team subsequently decided to enhance its efforts and attempt the “Gold” rating.

The BCC Mall is the 2nd building in Lebanon to obtain the LEED Certification, based on the US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED sustainability scheme. It is also the first shopping mall (and the first LEED Core & Shell project) to achieve the LEED Certification in the country. The LEED “Gold” Certificate was awarded in December 2013.

 

 

                                            
 

Brief

While still at early conceptual stage, we were appointed and joined the project’s design team as the LEED Sustainability Consultants. Our role throughout the design, tender, and construction stages was to advise on the various LEED credit requirements and sustainability measures to ensure that the building obtains the LEED Silver / Gold Certificate. 

Part of our responsibility entailed undertaking dynamic day-lighting simulations and thermal modelling analysis of the proposed building, and advising on cost-effective and suitable energy-efficiency solutions for the BCC Mall –taking into account the local coastal Mediterranean climate and available resources. The aim was to reduce the building’s cooling load, as well as its overall energy consumption, while keeping in mind constraints imposed by the inherent nature of a shopping centre. 

Other sustainability matters were tackled, namely: lessening waste generated during construction by recycling, reusing, or donating waste materials; significantly reducing the project’s water consumption through low-water fixtures; favouring public transportation access by establishing new bus shelters around the Mall; enhancing internal thermal comfort and indoor environmental quality; specifying low-toxicity paint and finishes as well as FSC-certified wood; and implementing a Green Cleaning Policy as well as a thorough Recycling Policy once the BCC shopping centre is operational.

 

   

Did You Know?
 

 

In addition to the 100 points available through compliance with LEED credit requirements, the LEED scheme rewards other sustainability initiatives that are not part of the standard assessment scope. Those points fall under the Innovation in Design (ID) category, whereby up to 6 bonus ID credits are potentially achievable for each project.

The Beirut City Centre pursued one of those ID credits by implementing a Green Cleaning Policy within the shopping centre.

The cleaning staff are only using plant or water based cleaning products in order to avoid the usage of chemically-reactive and toxic cleaning products which contain various unhealthy chemicals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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