Umow Lai’s Brisbane office was engaged as Cockram’s ESD consultant to deliver a 4 star Green Star – Industrial V1 Design and As Built rating for ALDI’s new distribution centre, located in Brendale.

Adriaan Window, Senior Sustainability Consultant at Umow Lai notes: “As part of Cockram’s D&C delivery team, we have been leading the Green Star process and reviewing all trade packages to ensure the final built product is aligned with the design requirements.” Adriaan worked collaboratively with Head Contractors, Cockram and project managers, APP on the development.

The distribution centre achieved a Green Star – Industrial Design v1 rating in late 2014, securing 54 points with 45 points required, and is on track to target the same result for a 4 Star Green Star As-Built rating.

The design incorporates a number of sustainable initiatives. These initiatives include: rain water harvesting for landscape and toilet demand, centralised ammonia refrigeration plant for cold rooms minimising synthetic refrigerants, with plate heat exchange to condition offices, dimmable lighting systems for the main warehouse areas, natural ventilation to the warehouse, water efficient truck washing facilities, and the minimisation of PVC and volatile organic compounds in its construction.

Energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions for the Brendale ALDI Distribution Centre are predicted to be more than 40% less than a standard practice industrial facility. Extensive native landscaping to the site has been designed to require 90% less potable mains water through a combination of smart plant selection and rainwater harvesting. The truck wash facility installed at the site uses 75% less potable mains water than other facilities on the market.

The facility also includes extensive metering of both energy and water to allow ALDI to monitor and tune their building in operation. A dedicated energy management system operates alongside a building management system and electrical load monitoring system.

Cockram oversaw construction of the facility and implemented a variety of innovative initiatives during delivery. One technique for the erection of steel roofing structure reduced the number of lifting operations by over 90% minimising carbon emissions of crane machinery use and staff attendance on-site. Furthermore, it reduced the number of person hours working at heights by 64% to improve site safety.

In addition, Cockram implemented sustainability and climate change training to 100% of their sub-contractor workforce, to ensure everyone delivering the project understood the sustainable design intent and the importance of the built environment and its part in addressing climate change.

Constructed as part of the Brendale Connect Industrial Development on the site of former CSR Brickworks, around 18 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD, the project incorporated the design and construction of a circa 50,000m² warehouse including office space, naturally ventilated warehouse and refrigerated cool house.

The new distribution centre has been developed to support the growth of ALDI retail stores in the greater Brisbane area as well as stores north of Brisbane. Work commenced in February 2014 and Practical Completion was achieved by Cockram in September 2015.