This considers reused resources, materials with recycled content,
sustainable, renewable sources; and lifecycle energy assessments for example as well as issues such as toxicity.
Environmentally responsible material usage.
Development that predominantly utilises environmentally responsible materials to lower environmental impacts in preference to other materials when such options are available and feasible, without significantly jeopardising the functionality or liveability of the development.
- Encourage selection of materials from environmentally responsible sources such as:
- reuse resources (including buildings, structures and materials)
- use recycled resources (e.g. materials)
- renewable sources,
- non-polluting sources,
- low lifecycle energy materials (i.e. encourage choice of materials that are not energy-intensive to produce, are locally available and durable)
- materials that are non-toxic and do not liberate toxic gases or dangerous particles
- Decrease use of less environmentally responsible materials
- Encourage high indoor air quality through choice of materials
- Maintain design and performance standards
- Encourage the use of materials that can be recycled or reused at the end life of the development
- Maintain affordability within reasonable parameters