THE OAKS SHOPPING MALL in Thousand Oaks, CA, piloted the BREEAM USA In-Use program in 2016. The
1.3 million-square foot mall was built in 1978. Its owner, Macerich, is pursuing certification this year for 10 more
properties in its portfolio.
Retail Developer Is First to Use BREEAM USA
With no other green certification programs in the U.S. available to assess shopping centers, Macerich, a shopping center owner/operator/developer, chose
to pilot the BREEAM In-Use program in 2016.
The firm decided to apply the methodology to its Oaks
shopping mall in Thousand Oaks, CA. Built in 1978, the 1.3
million-square foot mall had made many efficiency upgrades
prior to the assessment, including 6,000 solar panels, LED
lighting and integrated thermal controls in common areas and
mall offices. The upgrades at the Oaks were comparable to
those of other properties in its portfolio. In addition, the mall’s
proximity to the Macerich headquarters would encourage
close interaction among Macerich, its building manager and
the BREEAM assessor.
The assessment results have been valuable, according to
Jeff Bedell, VP of Sustainability for Macerich, who says it
helped Macerich identify opportunities to improve management practices. The Oaks received a rating of four stars for
Asset Management (Part 1) and three stars for Building Management (Part 2).
This year Macerich is pursuing BREEAM certification for
10 more of its properties, and Bedell is looking forward to
benchmarking sustainable performance across them. Pursu-
ing BREEAM is time-consuming, however.
“It is an extensive measurement tool and it takes time and
resources to answer all the questions,” Bedell says, so owners
should anticipate the resources needed when undertaking
BREEAM. “But the results have been well worth it.”