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Coles creates a more sustainable supermarket

30 July 2015

Coles has achieved the first Green Star rating for a supermarket in Australia, with the completion of Coles Hallam in South East Melbourne. The supermarket has been awarded a 4 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

The iconic retailer was determined to develop a ‘supermarket of the future’ – and in doing so, has set a new benchmark for sustainable supermarket design in Australia. Under the Building Council rating system, a 6 Star rating represents ‘world leadership’ while a 4 Star rating, represents ‘best practice’.

Key achievements at Coles Hallam include:

  • 50% more fresh air compared to minimum standards, through high-performance heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • 70% reduction in water consumption compared with traditional supermarkets, through water-efficient products and 150,000 litre capacity water tanks
  • 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with highly efficient chillers and heat reclaimed from refrigeration cases used to supply heating to other parts of the supermarket
  • LED lighting installed throughout to reduce energy consumption and internal heating loads.

International research confirms that green retail buildings are not only more efficient and cheaper to operate, but can also improve the experience for customers and provide a better return on investment for owners.


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