Douala Grand Mall
The Douala Grand Mall will bring the first destination shopping center to Cameroon’s largest city. Strategically located in an area to serve all socio-economic groups, the mall will provide shopping, entertainment and dining to the greater Douala area, serving approximately four million residents. Visitors will have access to everything they need with 142 retail stores, 18 restaurants, a movie theater and a supermarket.
Developed by Actis with a local partner, Craft Development, and designed by Benoy, the Douala Grand Mall’s green measures will help conserve natural resources and reduce operating costs. The mall has energy-saving lighting and skylights that provide daylight to 50% of the top floor area to conserve energy. Features like aerators and auto shut-off faucets are expected to reduce the use of water by more than half, while construction materials such as steel-clad sandwich panels on the roof cut the embodied energy in materials in half.
Actis has over 70 years of experience investing in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They are committed to responsible investing through their “Green-by-Design” approach, which ensures their buildings are designed and certified green. The company’s mixed-use development in Nairobi, named Garden City, won Africa Property Investment’s Best Green Building in Sub-Saharan Africa award in 2017. Craft Development has over 25 years of experience in real estate development and investment, investing in environmentally-friendly and high-quality developments in Cameroon. Douala Grand Mall has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from thinkstep-SGS.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint/tiles for the roof, insulated roof and external walls, energy-saving lighting, occupancy sensors in the bathrooms and skylights to provide daylight to 50% of the top floor area.
Dual flush water closets, water-efficient urinals, and aerators and auto shut-off faucets.
Composite in-situ concrete and steel deck floor slabs, steel-clad sandwich panel for roof construction, curtain walling and steel profile cladding for external walls, and solid dense concrete blocks and plasterboards on metal studs for internal walls.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.