Sunshine Plaza has been named Queensland’s most sustainable shopping centre, acquiring the state’s first 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
The shopping centre, owned by Lendlease’s Australian Prime Property Fund Retail and GPT, is one of only two centres to have been awarded this sustainability rating nationally.
Sunshine Plaza’s redevelopment was designed to deliver a word class, sustainable, vibrant shopping and entertainment experience that provides long-term benefits for the community.
The redevelopment included the installation of a 2,710-panel, 1.1 Megawatt solar power system that has enabled the centre to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 1700 tonnes from the solar system according to Green Star carbon emissions factors.
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As a result of sustainability initiatives, the Centre has achieved a 5-star NABERS Energy rating, where 3.5 Star is the industry average.
Some of the centre’s other features include:
- Installation of a Tesla supercharger station capable of charging six vehicles, and end-of-trip facilities for cyclists.
- Energy efficient LED lighting and long-life fluorescent fittings
- Installation of high efficiency water fixtures and fittings, and a 232,000-litre rainwater capture system.
- Diversion of over 95 per cent of construction waste from landfill.
- Use of low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paints, adhesives sealants and carpets, as well as engineered timber products with low formaldehyde emission.
- High performance glazing and external shading.
- High efficiency mechanical services.
- Design informed by an in-depth climate change risk assessment
Lendlease Managing Director, Investment Management, Scott Mosely said it is a wonderful achievement to have Sunshine Plaza recognised as the most sustainable shopping centre in Queensland
“Sunshine Plaza’s redevelopment presented an opportunity to make the centre more sustainable and adaptable for climate change – and we’ve achieved that,” Mosely said.
Green Building Council of Australia CEO Davina Rooney said shopping precincts are more than places for groceries, if done right they can provide the community with much needed spaces of engagement and connection.
“We’re so proud of Lendlease’s achievement in obtaining a 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built rating, it’s a great example of sustainable place-making,” Rooney said.