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TUD Awards Winner: Excellence in Sustainability


The third annual The Urban Developer Awards in association with Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) recognises standout property industry performers from across Australasia.

The awards are a little different this time: delivered digitally, with the previously held black-tie gala dinner replaced with our extended virtual celebration, Winners’ Month.

For the remainder of the year, one winner a day will be revealed from 20 categories recognising achievement in two streams: Industry Excellence and Development of the Year.

You can check out the shortlisted projects here.

Today, The Urban Developer is proud to announce the winning entry in our second category, the Excellence in Sustainability award, presented by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

This award recognises a project, initiative or product that demonstrates best practice sustainability in design, engineering, construction, procurement or product development.


The finalists for Excellence in Sustainability are:

  • Lt Miller Apartments and Nightingale Brunswick East Lucent Capital

  • Sentinel Real Estate Corporation's Build-to-Rent Platform
    Sentinel Real Estate Corporation

  • Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre
    Frasers Property Australia

  • The Orchards Norwest
    Sekisui House

  • Yennora
    Fife Capital

  • Arcadia North Gallery
    Sekisui House Australia



And the winner is...

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Watch the video to listen to a Q&A with the winner.


About this project

Burwood Brickworks can justifiably lay claim to being the world’s most sustainable shopping centre—and has done so while maintaining industry-acceptable development returns.

Currently the only privately-developed building in the world open to the entire community which demonstrates a regenerative benefit to the site it occupies, it is self-sufficient, doesn’t exceed the resources of its location and contains socially equitable, culturally rich and ecologically restorative spaces that connect people to light, air, food and community.

The development produces more energy than it consumes, captures and re-uses all the water it needs, incorporates biophilic design, avoids the use of toxic and worst-in-class building materials, and has a net positive waste impact.

Frasers’ initial intention of delivering Australia’s most sustainable retail development by targeting 6 Star Green Star Design and As Built ratings has evolved into Burwood Brickworks vying for Living Building Challenge certification, the most rigorous sustainability standard in the built environment in the world, administered by the International Living Future Institute.

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Project details

  • Energy needs are supplied entirely by renewables. The sawtooth roof accommodates a one megawatt solar array and enablement for a 250-kilowatt battery to capture and store solar energy. Combined with on-site renewable technology, all the centre’s energy requirements are provided, with a surplus.

  • Two-and-a-half thousand square metres of rooftop agriculture is incorporated into the bespoke biophilic design that includes a stand of 274 citrus trees lining the northern façade.

  • A mall ceiling mural by indigenous artist Mandy Nicholson that speaks to the site’s context on the land of the Wurundjeri people.

  • Hand-painted community messages are inscribed on salvaged bricks lining the southern façade, while bricks from the former brickworks quarry were recovered and have been crushed and integrated into feature pre-cast panels.

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A word from the winner...

“What makes it special is the vast mix of tenants in a building that has to reach the Living Building Challenge standard and all of those tenants are involved in that,” Frasers Property Living Building Challenge Manager Stephen Choi said.

“We've been quite creative in terms of how we've worked with all of our different partners. [Frasers'] has developed an embedded network company, an energy retailer and that allows us to generate, procure and deliver all renewable energy to all of the occupants for less than what they would pay for brown-coal energy.”


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To view The Urban Developer Award winners across other categories, click here.


Are you interested in applying for next years awards?

Register interest here.

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