The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is an international sustainable building certification program created in 2006 by the non-profit International Living Future Institute. It is described by the Institute as a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that promotes the most advanced measurement of sustainability in the built environment. It can be applied to development at all scales, from buildings – both new construction and renovation – to infrastructure, landscapes, neighbourhoods and communities.
The LBC is the built environment’s most rigorous performance standard. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net zero energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.
Fraser Property Australia aimed for Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre to be the first retail building worldwide to achieve full certification under the Living Building Challenge. The 12,900 square metre development will achieve certification if energy consumption is lower than energy produced, all water is recycled and 20% of the site is dedicated to food growing and meets a high standard of general sustainability practice.
Products/configurations used on project:
- Assistail Disability Handrail AR10
- Assistrail Disability Handrail AR30
- Assistrail Disability Handrail AR45
- Assistrail Disability Handrail AR50
- Assistrail Disability Handrail AR70
- Tuffrail Industrial Handrail TR20
- Tuffrail Industrial Handrail TR25
- Conectabal Commercial Balustrade CB10
- Conectabal Commercial Balustrade CB40
- Ezibilt Trolley Bay EB20
- Ezibilt Trolley Bay EB30
- Ezibilt Trolley Bay EB40
Why was Moddex product selected?
Moddex were delighted to be selected as a contractor to the Burwood Brickworks project and supplied balustrade systems throughout the project including car parks, trolley bays, loading bays and the Childcare Centre.
To be selected as a contractor, Moddex had to initially satisfy local content and local job creation targets, demonstrate compliance with relevant Australian standards and confirm currency of its ISO accreditation. This was followed by an exhaustive compliance review of the composition and manufacturing processes for all products and componentry.
The Moddex balustrade was selected because it was attractive to Project Managers, as the modular build meant no on-site welding and no release of toxic chemicals or fumes during installation. The modular build ensured fast installation and tremendous on-site flexibility, and the Moddex team spent 180 hours on site for measurement and installation over an elapsed 6-month period.
The opportunity to participate in the build of the world’s most sustainable shopping centre underscores Moddex’s commitment to quality, sustainability and the environment, and highlights our unique capability to participate in future sustainability projects in Australian and New Zealand.