One of the world’s most sustainable shopping centres opening in Melbourne
By Contructive on 22 November 2019
A new shopping centre in Burwood East is having its finishing touches installed as it prepares to open in December, just in time for Christmas. What makes this project stand out is that the 13,000 square metre retail space will be powered by renewable energy and features a 2,000 square metre rooftop urban farm.
Frasers Property Australia is aiming for a Living Building Challenge certification for the project – with plans to generate more electricity than it consumes on an annual basis, to retain and recycle all water used and to dedicate 20 percent of the site to growing food.
40 percent of the energy required to power the centre will be generated from a one-megawatt solar array, with an additional 65 percent procured from off-site solar and wind farms.
NH Architecture was responsible for the design of the project and The Hacer Group was appointed as the Principal Contractor.
Fraser Property Development Manager, Jack Davis, has emphasised the importance of the human experience within the centre, and stated that it was their guiding principle throughout.
“For the centre to operate as we envisage, delivering a net positive or regenerative ecosystem, we need to foster a unified and collaborative environment encompassing the project team, our tenants and ultimately our shoppers,” Davis said.
“Initiatives like a predominately naturally ventilated mall via operable windows in the sawtooth roof, re-using all water within the building and generating almost half of the energy needs from the rooftop solar, all imply an outgoings saving.
“However, in reality each of these initiatives require human maintenance, so the utility savings are in part offset by the labour component to keep them running efficiently.”