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Sponda’s retail property in Oulu granted LEED® Gold Environmental Certification

Sponda Plc        
Press release    
26 May 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Sponda’s retail property in Oulu granted LEED® Gold Environmental Certification

The property investment company Sponda Plc has obtained LEED® Gold Environmental Certification for its property which was completed in the spring 2016. The tenants of the retail property located at Alasintie 8 in Oulu are the sporting goods retailer XXL and the restaurant chain Subway.

LEED® Certification is one of the best-known international green building certification systems. It aims for the reduction of environmental impact of construction and use of buildings as well as the development of healthier working environments.

High scores for location and energy efficiency

LEED® Gold is the second highest certification level in the LEED environmental certification system. The 4,500 gross square metre property meets the certification criteria without question. Energy efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions were emphasised in the design and construction of the retail property. The retail property received a particularly good score for its location and its efficient use of energy.

The location of the property is excellent as it is easily accessible both by public transport and by car. The fact that Oulu is a city of cyclists was also taken into account in the design process, and there are spaces for over 80 bicycles in front of the property.

In order to increase energy efficiency, particular attention was paid to lighting and district ventilation and heating systems. After tenants start using the property, the property’s energy consumption will be monitored monthly as part of Sponda’s energy efficiency scheme.

“The Gold Certification received by the property is a fine recognition. The certification was carried out in excellent cooperation between designers, contractors and consultants during the process,” says Hannu Hirvensalo, Project Manager at Sponda. Sponda was assisted by Green Building Partners Oy in the certification process.

Sponda Plc

Additional information: Hanna Duraku, Sustainability Manager, tel. +358 50 483 9735

Sponda Plc is a property investment company that specialises in commercial properties in the largest cities in Finland. Sponda’s business concept is to own, lease and develop retail and office properties and shopping centres into environments that promote the business success of its clients. The fair value of Sponda’s investment properties is approximately EUR 3.7 billion and the leasable area is around 1.2 million m2.