Sustainability means different things to the retail sector, compared with the office sector. Retail tenants, for example, are far more sensitive to location and less inclined to evaluate a particular building's green bona fides against another. Instead retail developers, such as Australia's GPT Group, focuses on social sustainability and operational efficiencies. "Tenants have got a lot of drivers that go into determining which shopping centre they will go to and it's not necessarily going to come down to ticking a box on sustainability," says Angus Gordon, development manager, sustainability & operation.

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