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Islazul is named Spain’s most sustainable shopping centre, according to BREEAM international certification

Islazul exterior

This certification awarded by the Building Research Establishment looks at the impact of various categories, such as management, energy, transport and the environmental use of land, among other factors, and then awards a final score.

The Islazul Shopping Centre, which forms part of Nuveen Real Estate’s asset portfolio, has reached an important milestone on being awarded the BREEAM®ES in sustainable use, both for its management and for the building itself. BREEAM®ES (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the world's most advanced environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, a genuine worldwide leader with more than 20 years of experience in the market and more than 541,000 certified buildings in 78 countries.

This recognition makes the Spanish shopping centre a benchmark in sustainability on a global level. Islazul has held this recognition since 2012, after becoming the first shopping centre to secure this certification in Spain. Four years later, in 2016, the centre was awarded an “Excellent” rating and has just recently scooped the “Exceptional” classification. There are 12 centres in Spain with this certification, but Islazul boasts the highest rating.

Marta Cladera, Managing Director Nuveen Real Estate Iberia, said: “Energy efficiency and sustainability attributes are key for buildings today, as users increasingly value being able to engage in leisure activities in healthy surroundings that respect the natural environment. We are delighted with this recognition, which goes to confirm our sustainability strategy.”

Opened in 2008, Islazul has formed part of Nuveen Real Estate's portfolio in the Iberian region since 2014. The centre spans 90,700 sqm over three floors and is crowned by an ETFE roof, which allows the entry of natural light and therefore minimises energy consumption. The centre’s sanitary appliances use 10% less water, thanks to water-free urinals, water-saving toilet cisterns that use under 4 litres per flush and low-flow taps.