The 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories

10-Key-Sustainable-Building-Categories.jpgEnvironmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) matters to any building project – be it minor alteration work or a large new development.

As part of the Sustainable Design Assessment in Council's Planning Process, all applicants are encouraged to consider the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories within their design. However, since the approval of the ESD Local Policy Clause 22.17, all ‘medium’ and ‘large’ are required to demonstrate best practice. The best practice standards are listed on the back page of each of the fact sheets below.  The standards are now consistent across all councils using these fact sheets that were developed as an IMAP initiative.

In addition, information on different ESD tools available to help with an SDAPP submission is available to download. 

Please find below more information (including individual fact sheets) on each of the 10 categories.

The 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories

1. Indoor Environment Quality
2. Energy Efficiency
3. Water Efficiency
4. Stormwater Management
5. Building Materials
6. Transport
7. Waste Management
8. Urban Ecology
9. Innovation
10. Construction and Building Management


1. Indoor Environment Quality

Objective: to achieve a healthy indoor environment quality for the wellbeing of building occupants.

Examples of design decisions:

  • Daylight
  • Thermal comfort
  • Natural ventilation.

More information is available in this pdf format Indoor Environment Quality Factsheet (updated) (505.06 KB).


2. Energy Efficiency

Objective: to ensure the efficient use of energy, to reduce total operating greenhouse emissions and to reduce energy peak demand.

Examples of design decisions:

  • Efficient shading
  • Building fabric enhanced above the minimum Building Code of Australia (BCA) requirements
  • Efficient heating and cooling services
  • Onsite generation of energy. Also, refer to information on solar panels.

More information is available in this pdf format Energy Effiiency Factsheet (updated) (538.66 KB).
More on Sunshading is available in this pdf format Sunshading Factsheet (updated) (1.09 MB).

 

3. Water Efficiency

Objective: to ensure the efficient use of water, to reduce total operating potable water use and to encourage the appropriate use of alternative water sources.

Examples of design decisions:

  • Use efficient fixtures and fittings
  • Avoid the use of mains water for landscape irrigation
  • Reuse water (e.g. greywater)

More information is available in this pdf format Water Efficiency Factsheet (updated) (522.79 KB).


4. Stormwater Management

Objective: to reduce the impact of stormwater run-off, to improve the water quality of stormwater run-off, to achieve best practice stormwater quality outcomes and to incorporate the use of water sensitive urban design, including stormwater re–use.

Examples of design decisions:

  • Minimise watercourse pollution
  • Maximise stormwater capture
  • Maximise on-site rainwater re-use (e.g. for flushing toilets and irrigation).

More information is available in this pdf format Storm Water Management Factsheet (updated) (895.50 KB).
More on site permeability is available in this pdf format Site Permeability Factsheet (Updated1) (2.15 MB)

5. Building Materials

Objective: to minimise the environmental impacts of materials used by encouraging the use of materials with a favourable lifecycle assessment.

Examples of design decisions

  • Embodied energy of materials
  • Use of materials with recycled content
  • Future recyclability of materials.

More information is available in this pdf format Building Materials Factsheet (updated) (585.19 KB).


6. Transport

Objective: to minimise car dependency and to ensure that the built environment is designed to promote the use of public transport, walking and cycling.

Examples of design decisions:

  • Providing convenient and secure bike storage
  • Providing access to showers and lockers at work
  • Green Travel Plan for residents, visitors and staff.

More information is available in this pdf format Transport Factsheet (updated) (794.19 KB).


7. Waste Management

Objective: to ensure waste avoidance, and reuse and recycling during the construction and operation stages of development.

Examples of design decisions:

  • Preparation of a construction Waste Management Plan
  • Adoption of a demolition and construction material recycling target.
  • Preparation of an operation Waste Management Plan.

More information is available in this pdf format Waste Management Factsheet (updated) (620.70 KB).


8. Urban Ecology

Objective: to protect and enhance biodiversity and to encourage the planting of indigenous vegetation.

Examples of design decisions:  

  • Maintaining / enhancing the site's ecological value
  • Creating resident amenity
  • Encourage biodiversity areas.

More information is available in this pdf format Urban Ecology Factsheet (updated) (875.20 KB).
More information on green walls, roofs and facades is available in this pdf format Green Roofs Walls and Facades Factsheet (updated) (2.69 MB)


9. Innovation

Objective: to encourage innovative technology, design and processes in all development, so as to positively influence the sustainability of buildings.

Examples of design decisions:

  • Significant enhancements of best practice sustainable design standards 
  • Introduction of new technology
  • Good passive design approach.

More information is available in this pdf format Innovation Factsheet (updated) (521.21 KB).
More information on designing to Melbourne’s climate is available in this pdf format Melbourne Climate Factsheet (updated) (918.82 KB).


10. Construction and Building Management

Objectives: to encourage a holistic and integrated design and construction process and ongoing high performance.

Examples of design decisions:

  • Building User’s Guide that explains a building's sustainable design principles
  • Preparation of an operation Environmental Management Plan
  • Contractor has valid ISO14001 (environmental management) accreditation.

More information is available in this pdf format Construction & Building Management Factsheet (updated) (422.62 KB).

 


Further Information
Euan Williamson & Johanna Trickett
Environmentally Sustainable Development Advisors
9205 5366
Euan.Williamson@yarracity.vic.gov.au
Johanna.Trickett@yarracity.vic.gov.au

 

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