Frasers Property Australia has unveiled an-Australian-first resource known as the Greensheet, a comprehensive list of vetted building materials for everyone’s reference, for free.
Part of its commitment to the Living Building Challenge® (LBC®) at Burwood Brickworks shopping centre in Melbourne, the Greensheet is a living document currently listing more than 1,400 building materials which go significantly beyond being ’sustainable’ – they have been thoroughly vetted against seven criteria, contributing to the regenerative buildings movement.
Each product 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.
To create the Greensheet, Frasers Property engaged a full-time materials co-ordinator to vet products at a highly-detailed level. For instance, the ingredients that go into manufacturing a product were examined down to the level of 100 parts per million of granularity.
Of the 20,000 person hours invested in this meticulous process, many were completed by Stephen Choi, Living Building Challenge Manager, Frasers Property Australia.
“The Greensheet is a tangible way for us to share our learnings through the creation of Burwood Brickworks with the wider industry and the general public, elevating the potential for the industry as a whole, as demanded by the Living Building Challenge®,” Mr Choi says.
“The public launch of the Greensheet means the live resource is now freely-available to the industry and consumers, serving as a foundation for other organisations embarking on LBC® projects in the future and anyone considering any kind of construction work, whether it’s a shopping centre or a simple home makeover.”
In April this year, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the global authority which administers the Living Building Challenge®, announced that Burwood Brickworks had formally achieved Living Building Challenge® Petal Certification.
The LBC® 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.
No other retail centre development globally has ever accomplished the LBC®; Frasers Property is the first organisation in the world to achieve Living Building Challenge® Petal Certification for a retail centre.
Burwood Brickworks shopping centre has been designed by Melbourne-based NH Architecture, with creative input from Russell & George. Hacer Group were appointed as Principal Contractor to ensure the construction met the rigorous design requirements that the Living Building Challenge® demands.
The Greensheet is available for free download here: www.frasersproperty.com.au/A-Different-Way/LBCGreensheet.