20 February 2013 — Travel retailer DFS Group has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification in Commercial Interiors for its recently opened T Galleria at Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

T Galleria, which collaborated with more than 30 brands, is the first store in Hong Kong to attain LEED for Commercial Interiors Certification from the US Green Building Council.

DFS Group Asia North regional president Benjamin Vuchot said the certification showed that sustainable practices could be built into a very high quality retail development and would “undoubtedly have an impact on the broader retail industry”.

DFS Global Development head Kevin Tranbarger said the company had worked with brands to incorporate green initiatives during the development of T Galleria Hysan Place.

“This collaboration has demonstrated that businesses can combine sustainable actions with commercial incentives to achieve improved business and environmental performance.”

The case study

Energy efficiency included:

  • Through the installation of Energy Star equipment and appliances, as well as extensive use of high efficiency LED lighting and daylight sensors, T Galleria operates with a 30 per cent energy reduction compared to same-sized, standard new retail spaces.
  • Efficient air-conditioning and fresh air/carbon dioxide-demand control systems reduce chilled water energy and utilize fan-powered energy during low demand periods.
  • Installation of a detailed, real-time energy monitoring system provides energy usage data for the entire store.

Other project features were:

  • Approximately 50 per cent of the project’s construction waste was recycled to relieve waste disposal and landfill in Hong Kong.
  • The project incorporated 100 per cent use of low-toxic, low-VOC paints, coatings, sealants and adhesive materials
  • Initiated a green cleaning program with environmentally safe cleaning products and materials for daily maintenance.

The project team included architect: PMDL Architecture & Design, MEP Engineers: CSA (M&E) Limited and LEED consultant: Cundall.