Yorkdale named first recipient of ICSC sustainable design award
TORONTO, ONT-Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre has become the recipient of the first International Design and Development Award for Sustainable Design presented by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Yorkdale, which has undergone expansion and redevelopment by Oxford Properties Group, was honoured for its continuing commitment to preserving natural resources, providing energy efficient uses at the centre and for its environmental sensitivities. The Council noted that, although located in an urban area, Yorkdale has increased localized density by infilling and building up as opposed to building out. The centre has also incorporated a number of sustainable design elements into the centre: it is located within close proximity to subway and bus lines, all roof drainage is controlled flow for water conservation, all new exterior wall-mounted fixtures and light standards added to the existing parking deck are dark sky-friendly so as to reflect heat and it uses only low water-flow fixtures, electronic faucets and flush valves to conserve water. The centre's expansion area has incorporated rooftop units with full outdoor air economizers (in contrast to existing buildings which use a chiller with non-CFC refrigerant). The expansion area also uses a building automation system which turns off equipment, and features electrical systems which fully meet sustainable building design criteria under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The centre's expansion project included a recycling program, and even re-used an existing department store shell retrofitted to accommodate various smaller specialty stores. Founded in 1957, the ICSC is the trade association for the shopping centre industry worldwide. It has more than 65,000 members in 100 countries.