In a region where electricity bills can be higher than rent, the Takoradi Mall is a transformational project for businesses in Ghana. The mall conserves resources, allowing tenants to focus on improving their profits rather than paying high utility bills. Located in the rapidly growing port city of Takoradi, a key city for Ghana’s emerging oil industry, the Takoradi Mall is situated in a prime location near the airport and at the intersection of the city’s busiest streets. As the first mall to operate in the community, Takoradi is poised to take advantage of the city’s expanding business sector. The mall contains stores, restaurants and a movie theater.
Takoradi conserves natural resources with reflective paint and energy-saving lighting, both of which reduce energy consumption, while features like dual flush water closets conserve water. Construction materials such as solid dense concrete blocks result in a 45% reduction in embodied energy in materials.
The green features of Takoradi Mall cost less than 1% of the total and will generate savings of 25% in utility costs. The developer, RMB Westport, is expected to recoup its investment in less than a year and a half. While businesses may prefer to operate in a green building, many are reluctant to pay additional. However, since building green cost RMB Westport very little, they were able to rent storefronts to tenants for the same price as in a conventional building.
RMB Westport formed in 2008 as a joint venture between Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and Westport Property Group. Since then, the development and investment firm has invested in the high potential of growing African countries like Ghana. Takoradi Mall has received final EDGE certification from thinkstep-SGS.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Reflective paint/tiles for the roof and energy-saving lighting.
Dual flush water closets, water-efficient urinals and aerators and auto shut-off faucets.
Steel sheets on steel rafters for roof construction and solid dense concrete blocks for internal and external 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.