Burwood Brickworks, The House with No Bills and a partnership between Swinburne University and Wyndham City Council will vie for the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award in the Built Environment Category.
Every year the Awards recognise people, businesses, institutions and community groups that lead the way in implementing sustainable innovation and practice. Winners, personally selected by Premier Daniel Andrews, will be announced on 16 December.
The Built Environment category celebrates excellence and innovation in sustainable building or sustainable construction projects. Here are the finalists:
Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre – Fraser’s Property Australia
The shopping complex is on track to become the world’s first Living Building Challenge accredited retail centre. It already boasts a 6 Star Green Star rating and its self-sufficient qualities include 100 percent renewable energy, 100 percent repurposed rainwater, 99 percent construction waste diverted from landfill and a 2500-square metre rooftop urban farm.
The House with No Bills – Mirvac Group
Mirvac’s fully electric House with No Bills employs multiple sustainability features that enable residents to reduce and potentially eliminate their energy bills. All appliances installed are selected to be the highest star ratings available at an affordable price. The home features a solar PV and battery system, upgraded glazing, insulation, LED lighting, zoned air-conditioning and heat pump hot water – achieving a total of 92 percent energy savings over one year.
Recycled waste plastics and glass fines in concrete footpath – Swinburne University of Technology and Wyndham City Council
In a Victorian first, the two parties collaborated to produce 339 metres of footpath at Geddes Crescent Park in Hoppers Crossing comprising 2.2 tonnes of recycled kerbside waste plastics and 4.8 tonnes of glass fines, equivalent to 199,000 plastic and glass bottles. This approach is estimated to have resulted in 1700 kilograms of carbon saved, when compared to traditional materials used in a concrete footpath of the same length.
“The continued year-on-year growth of the Awards reflects optimism and momentum to achieve Victoria’s commitment to transition to a circular and zero emissions economy to reduce, reuse and recycle,” says Sustainability Victoria CEO Clare Ferres Miles.