Pearl Plaza Shopping Center in St Petersburg has earned the Silver level in LEED, and it is the first shopping center in Russia to achieve a LEED Silver-level certification*.
Pearl Plaza Shopping Center, opened to business in September 2013, was designed by L Architects and built by SRV Development. It is a cornerstone of the new neighbourhood Baltic Pearl, a mixed use development of 200 hectares, 1,76 million m2 and 35000 future residents.
Shopping Center consists of four floors above ground and an underground parking. The total gross area of 96 000 square meter includes a hypermarket, shops, restaurants, cinemas and entertainment zones. Several sustainable features (including electricity from renewable energies and an extensive Building Automation Systems covering lighting, heating, ventilation) contributed in delivering a very efficient building, according to LEED Energy Performance.
Two well measurable indicators of a building's impact on the ecosystem are water and energy consumption. The following accomplishments were evaluated by the LEED CS certification, and achieved through design features and energy simulation:
• 28% reduction of water use Equivalent to saving 1,3 Olympic-size swimming pools of water per year**
• 18% reduction of energy consumption Equivalent to saving almost 400.000 € per year**
* according to the list of LEED register projects in USGBC webpage
** Compared to LEED baseline, rating per ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007