Kathmandu sustainability and community manager Tim Loftus

21 January 2014 — In a first for the Green Building Council of Australia, the organisation has entered into a formal partnership with retail label Kathmandu, helping to develop a sustainable design framework for the brand’s retail tenancies.

The partnership marks a move away from a purely building-by-building approach for the GBCA, and signals that the organisation may be looking to connect with individual companies and leverage its green building knowledge to inform sustainability strategies.

The GBCA has previously worked with Coles to develop a custom rating tool, however this is the first large retailer to make a commitment to work in partnership with the GBCA.

“This new partnership signals a new era for Australia’s retail industry,” said GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew. “The retail sector is a long way behind the commercial sector when it comes to sustainability. Commercial businesses that have taken sustainability seriously are reaping the rewards. The same will be true for those in the retail space.”

The updated Green Star — Interiors rating tool pilot will likely be used to rate retail offerings. The new tool, unlike its predecessor, which focused solely on offices, has been expanded to cover a range of sectors – such as education, hospitality and retail. The purpose of the tool is to create sustainable fitouts, with credits including management, indoor environment quality, energy, transport, water, materials, land use and ecology, emissions and innovation.

Kathmandu’s sustainability and community manager Tim Loftus said the company recognised that minimising its environmental footprint and contributing to human human health and community was integral to business success.

“We aim to incorporate sustainable designs into new stores by working with the GBCA and are looking for ways to improve our energy efficiency in established stores, offices and distribution centres,” Mr Loftus said.

“We believe that sustainability is a strategic business decision, and one that will open up new opportunities and reinvent the bricks-and-mortar retail experience.”

Ms Madew said that retailers should consider embracing what would become “the new normal”.

“Kathmandu is seizing the first-mover advantage by recognising that sustainability is an opportunity to cement customer relationships and attract and retain staff that demand more pleasant, productive and healthy workplaces,” Ms Madew said.

6 replies on “Kathmandu partnership signals new direction for GBCA”

  1. This is a wonderful initiative by a large Australian retailer.

    Promoting and selling to consumers who enjoy nature and the great outdoors, it is refreshing to see orgranisations like Katmandu support the environment and sustainable living.

    Energy efficient design and retrofitting of existing premises can deliver significant financial and social benefits to Australian businesses.

    Feel free to contact Programmed – http://www.programmed.com.au if we can assist in improving your businesses energy performance

  2. This is a wonderful initiative by a large Australian retailer.

    Promoting and selling to consumers who enjoy nature and the great outdoors, it is refreshing to see orgranisations like Katmandu support the environment and sustainable living.

    Energy efficient design and retrofitting of existing premises can deliver significant financial and social benefits to Australian businesses.

    Feel free to contact Programmed – http://www.programmed.com.au if we can assist in improving your businesses energy performance

  3. This is a really big step in the sustainability journey for Kathmandu. Others might make claims but Kathmandu has commited to measurable outcomes that send a message to their supply chain, customers, investors and competitors that they have benchmarked levels of quality that must be achieved. No small committment and one that will significantly contribute to retail market transformation. Hats off to the market leader!

  4. This is a really big step in the sustainability journey for Kathmandu. Others might make claims but Kathmandu has commited to measurable outcomes that send a message to their supply chain, customers, investors and competitors that they have benchmarked levels of quality that must be achieved. No small committment and one that will significantly contribute to retail market transformation. Hats off to the market leader!

  5. Fantastic collaboration between GBCA and Katmandu, makes sense.

    There are many energy efficiency opportunities in the retail sector as many of our clients have discovered.

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  6. Fantastic collaboration between GBCA and Katmandu, makes sense.

    There are many energy efficiency opportunities in the retail sector as many of our clients have discovered.

    Energy efficienct LED Lighting is a key area which brings about significant savings with fast paybacks. In addition looking at HVAC, Tuning, Commissioning, Sensors, Controls are all applicable.

    let me know if my company http://www.nugreen.com.au can assist you with your audits, assesments, delivery and tuning. Geoff.

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