Energy efficiency is integrated into Shopping Centre Kaari right from its design. Kaari is built so that pleasant shopping conditions for our customers are achieved with as low heat and electricity consumption as possible.
Kaari's ventilation, heating and lighting systems form a good basis for energy efficiency. In terms of indoor temperature, this means adjustments according to the season. In the summer, the indoor temperature of the shopping centre is allowed to rise to 23-25 degrees Celsius, so that it's comfortable for customers in light summer clothing. In the winter season the temperature can be around 20 degrees Celsius. Because in winter cooling is not needed as much as in summer, air conditioning can be used at half power.
The shopping centre's own energy managers have an important role in achieving energy efficiency. The managers follow consumption and ensure that the shopping centre operates efficiently.
In addition to energy efficiency, ecological values have been taken into consideration also in many other aspects of designing the shopping centre. Around 205,000 people live within a five-kilometre radius of Kaari, and it is located in good reach of public transport, bicycle and walking routes. There is space for 600 bicycles, parking spaces for low emission cars and around ten charge points for electric cars.
Kaari and sustainable development
Challenges brought by climate change have been considered right from the designing and building phases of Kaari. Our aim is to receive the LEED® certificate for sustainable building granted by an independent body.
Efficient energy use
Kaari is built so that pleasant shopping conditions for our customers are achieved with as low heat and electricity consumption as possible. In terms of indoors temperature, this means adjustments according to the season: in the summer, the indoor temperature of the shopping centre is allowed to rise to 23-25 degrees Celsius, so that it's comfortable for customers in light summer clothing, whereas 20 degreed Celsius is suitable in winter. Because in winter cooling is not needed as much as in summer, air conditioning can be used at half power. Condensation heat of refrigeration equipment in the property is utilised in heating.
To make energy consumption more efficient, Kaari has for example invested in lighting design. Ambient lighting in stores is under the normal level, and wide aisles take advantage of natural light. Lighting in the car park is operated with movement sensors so that the level of lighting decreases at a minimum to 10% of the maximum power, while staying within safety requirements. When movement is detected in the area, the level of light increases to the normal level. The outdoor lighting design minimizes unnecessary light pollution, and lighting in the roof parking area partly utilises LED lights.
Effective recycling and less chemicals
Preventing waste is a shared goal. However, as waste can't be prevented completely, it's important to ensure that it gets reused or recycled. The last option is turning waste into energy. No waste from the shopping centre ends up in a landfill. Kaari also supports its customers in recycling, and has a Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority recycling point, where you can recycle glass, paper, household metal, cardboard and clothes. Waste bins located in the shopping centre allow customers to recycle any waste while shopping.
Sanitation of the property is carried out with environmentally friendly products, reducing the environmental loading caused by chemicals. Unnecessary use of water is prevented with toilets that use less water than usual, touch-free basin taps and water saving showers.
The power of example
Around 205,000 people live within a five-kilometre radius of the shopping centre. Kaari is located within good public transport connections, and we are also easy to reach by foot. We have 600 places for bicycles for those who prefer to cycle to Kaari. We purchased Helsinki Cooperative Society Elanto's first rechargeable hybrid, which is used by the Kaari Shopping Centre Director. With this example we want to encourage other drivers towards lower emission options. We enable a smooth journey by offering around ten clearly marked charge points for electric cars in our car park.
Shopping Centre Kaari ensures safety in many different ways. A rescue plan of the property has been drawn up, and emergency exists are clearly marked.
Prevention has an important role in terms of security. Prevention related monitoring is done by both security guards and the latest technology.
The area is under constant camera surveillance.
All thefts are reported to the police.