ALDI's 50,000m2 distribution centre at Brendale achieved a 4star Green Star rating under the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Industrial V1 tool with a score of 50 points by the GBCA. This result was in excess of the 45 points required under the rating and is now one of only four Greenstar As-Built rated industrial facilities in Queensland.
The design incorporated a number of sustainable initiatives which included 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.