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Burwood Brickworks named most sustainable shopping centre

Shopping mall Burwood Brickworks has been named as the world’s most sustainable shopping centre by International Living Future Institute (ILFI), receiving the Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal Certification.

The LBC is the most advanced measure of how sustainable a property is and requires developments to have a net positive impact.

Using the motif of a flower, the LBC is organised into seven performance areas called Petals which includes Place, Materials, Health & Happiness, Beauty Petals including Water, Energy and Equity – which are independently audited for 12 months.

Frasers Property said it is targeting achieving the certification for the three remaining Petals, Water, Energy and Equity, in late 2022.

The environmentally-friendly precinct by property group Frasers Property houses Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s and Reading Cinemas, a rooftop urban farm and restaurant by acre Farm & Eatery.

“The vision for Burwood Brickworks was to redefine sustainability in retail by challenging ourselves in new and uncomfortable ways,” said Anthony Boyd, CEO, Frasers Property Australia. 

“It meant exposing ourselves to possible failure, inviting new levels of scrutiny, balancing commercial feasibility, challenging our project partners to take the journey with us, and investing time and resources into working with our tenants, so they could play their essential role.”

Urban agricultural project Acre Burwood is one of the property tenants at Burwood Brickworks. Acre Farm & Eatery managing director Luke Heard said the project shows how individuals and organisations can “push the boundaries to unlock new sustainable possibilities”.

He said the learnings they had throughout the journey will help their business, other businessmen and property developers to make a positive impact in their own companies and communities. 

The development of the Greensheet is one of the outcomes of LBC, which is a comprehensive building materials database of products that were used to build Burwood Brickworks. Frasers Property will roll out Greensheet soon.

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