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New Shopping Centers to Seek LEED Gold


New York City Talbert Development, Burbank, Calif., is showing its green stripes. The company is developing two sustainable retail centers in California, both of which of which are being built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification standards.

Talbert’s The Shoppes of Rancho Mirage, in Rancho Mirage, is expected open in early 2009. Designed by Charles Martin Architect in Palm Desert, Calif., it will feature cool-roof technology that keeps roofs up to 70 degrees cooler; and dual-flush toilets that reduce water consumption up to 20%. Other sustainable features include ultra-high efficiency air-conditioning units with economizers, high-insulated walls and electric refueling stations for golf carts and cars.

Because of the green features that have been built into the center, tenants will save 20% to 40% on energy costs compared to other conventional and older buildings, according to Talbert.

The Shoppes of La Quinta, in La Quinta, Calif., is expected to break ground in June 2009. It is being designed by Perkowitz + Ruth Architects, Long Beach, Calif., and will feature an array of alternative-energy technologies and sustainable-development practices.

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