Hong Kong Luxury Retailer Lauded for Inner Beauty

Beauty may only be skin deep, but that’s not the case for a luxury travel store that opened last summer in Hong Kong. Though mall spaces are often treated as temples to superficiality, the new T Galleria store at the Hysan Place Mall was recently recognized for its inner beauty.

In January, the retailer officially earned a LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors, recognizing its dedication to energy efficiency and minimization of its carbon footprint. Located in the Causeway Bay shopping district of Hong Kong, T Galleria was the first retail store to open in the new Hysan Place facility, and the first retailer to earn a LEED Gold cert anywhere in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's T Galleria Mall earned a LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors. Image via DFS Group.

Hong Kong’s T Galleria store earned a LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors. Image via DFS Group.

T Galleria’s parent company, DFS Group,  said it had entered into a “novel and comprehensive” collaboration with more than 30 luxury brands, working with local suppliers to launch the travel retail store last August with a decidedly green edge.

“This collaboration has demonstrated that businesses can combine sustainable actions with commercial incentives to achieve improved business and environmental performance,” said DFS Head of Global Development Kevin Tranbarger in a recent Moodie Report article. “We are looking forward to continuing this collaborative approach and knowledge transfer with our brand partners in other locations.”

The cosmetic fragrance floor sparkles at the Hong Kong's LEED Gold T Galleria Mall. Image via DFS Group.

The cosmetic fragrance floor sparkles at Hong Kong’s LEED Gold-rated T Galleria. Image via DFS Group.

The use of Energy Star equipment and appliances, along with high-efficiency LED lights and daylight sensors, helped T Galleria use 30 percent less energy, compared to similarly sized retailers. The store also includes an efficient HVAC system, with fresh air/carbon dioxide-demand control functions that “reduce chilled water energy and utilize fan-powered energy during low demand periods,” the article said.

During construction about half of the project’s waste materials were diverted from Hong Kong landfills and recycled. In addition, the project used 100 percent low-VOC paints, coatings, sealants, and adhesives, and has initiated a green cleaning program with environmentally safe cleaning products.

To make sure the store keeps up theses early achievements, DFS Groups also installed a real-time energy monitoring system to provide energy usage data for the entire store.

Randy Woods is a Seattle-based writer and editor with 20+ years of experience in the business publishing world. A former managing editor of Seattle Business, iSixSigma, Claims and Waste Age magazines, he has covered topics that include newspaper publishing, entrepreneurism, green businesses, insurance, environmental protection and garbage hauling (yes, really). He also contributes to the Career Center Blog for The Seattle Times and edits a photography magazine called PhotoMedia. When not working, he likes to hide out in Seattle movie theaters and attend film festivals—even on sunny days.