15 Oct 2021
AUSTRALIA, 15 OCTOBER 2021
Frasers Property Australia has been named one of the most innovative companies in Australia and New Zealand for after achieving Living Building Challenge® Petal Certification at Burwood Brickworks in Melbourne. The company has ranked 8th in the 2021 Financial Review BOSS Most Innovative Companies list in the Property, Construction & Transport category.
A broad range of innovative initiatives contributed to Burwood Brickworks becoming the first retail centre development in the world to achieve Living Building Challenge® Petal Certification, which officially makes it the world’s most sustainable shopping centre.
Burwood Brickworks features Australia’s first membrane-aerated bio-reactor, meaning water is captured, treated, and efficiently re-used. An embedded electrical, thermal and water network is supported by an extensive solar PV installation to generate clean energy. The development increases biodiversity and incorporates biophilic design, enhancing the sensory experience for occupants and providing connection to nature, and it’s also the home of Australia’s first shopping centre rooftop urban farm.
Another Burwood Brickworks innovation is the Greensheet, a comprehensive list of vetted building materials for everyone’s free reference. Launched in September 2021, each product on the Greensheet has been examined based on factors such as its place of origin, materials used in its manufacture, whether it is responsibly sourced, its embodied carbon, its waste impacts, and its impacts on air quality when used internally.
Stephen Choi, Living Building Challenge Manager, Frasers Property Australia played a leading role in pursuing and achieving the Petal Certification at Burwood Brickworks.
“Our innovation was to build an ordinary typology in an ordinary place for ordinary people, in an extraordinary way. Burwood Brickworks is one of the only regenerative buildings in the world that is truly open to everyone every single day,” says Mr Choi.
The prestigious annual Financial Review BOSS Most Innovative Companies list is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by innovation consultancy Inventium in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges. Over 700 organisations across Australia and New Zealand were nominated. For more information visit .
In April this year, the International Living Future Institute, the global authority which administers the Living Building Challenge®, announced that Burwood Brickworks had formally achieved Living Building Challenge® Petal Certification. The Living Building Challenge ® is the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment. It requires developments to have a net positive impact by challenging them to operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature’s architecture.