EnviroDevelopment Elements

EnviroDevelopment logos make it easier for potential purchasers to recognise and, therefore, choose sustainable lifestyles. Developments may receive EnviroDevelopment certification across six defined categories (elements) of sustainability and are able to advertise the leaf icon of each element for which they have been accredited.

Ecosystems

This includes consideration of aquatic ecosystems, landform, flora and fauna.

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Objective

To maintain healthy and resilient ecosystems based on natural processes with rich native biodiversity.

Target

Development that aims to protect and enhance existing native ecosystems and encourages natural systems and native biodiversity and rehabilitates degraded sites.

Principles

  • Encourage resilient natural ecological communities and protect natural connectivity.
  • Encourage maintenance (during and after construction) of native vegetation where existing, and rehabilitation of locally native vegetation where not already in existence in a healthy state.
  • Encourage protection and rehabilitation of riparian vegetation and wetlands.
  • Avoid water pollution and degradation of water quality in waterways and natural systems and remediate any water quality problems occurring on-site or in neighbouring areas.
  • Minimise disruption to landform and natural ecosystems.
  • Encourage development on previously developed or degraded sites, whilst considering affordability.
  • Encourage protection (during and after construction) of existing habitats for native animals or rehabilitation of such habitats where not already in existence in a healthy state.
  • Maintain and enhance viable habitat size to improve connectivity and reduce fragmentation.
  • Promote biodiversity and sustainability awareness.
  • Ensure the necessary monitoring and maintenance programs exist to assess ongoing ecosystem performance.

Waste

This considers demolition or land clearing phases as well as construction and post-construction phases.

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Objective

Reduced waste sent to landfill, more efficient use of resources.

Target

Development that has implemented waste management procedures and practices which reduce the amount of waste that is disposed of to landfill and facilitates recycling.

Principles

  • Encourage recycling of construction and demolition materials and reduce the amount of waste being dispatched to landfill.
  • Minimise on-site pollution during the construction phase.
  • Promote the re-use of existing buildings and materials and reduce demand for resources.
  • Promote occupancy awareness and encourage recycling, composting and waste reduction through the provision of appropriate facilities.
  • More efficient use of resources.

Energy

This considers reduction of greenhouse gases through energy efficient appliances and fixtures, passive design and behaviour change.

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Objective

Reduce usage of polluting sources and support use of renewable energy. Enhance comfort through design.

Target

Implement measures that would optimise energy reduction and achieve 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) production across the development over and above current regulatory requirements.

Principles

To reduce greenhouse gas production there are four fundamental options, although the solution for a development may be a combination of these options:

  • Reduced energy usage through design.
  • Demand and behavioural management devices and programs.
  • Use of alternative energy sources (e.g. solar, wind, biomass, gas, hydro) for a portion of the development’s energy use (without increasing energy use unnecessarily/unreasonably).
  • Use of more greenhouse gas efficient appliances and fixtures.

Materials

This considers the use of recycled, reused, renewable, non-toxic and locally sourced materials, and materials with low lifecycle energy.

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Objective

Environmentally responsible material usage.

Target

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.

Principles

  • Encourage selection of materials from environmentally responsible sources such as:
    • reused resources (including buildings, structures and materials)
    • recycled resources
    • renewable sources
    • non-polluting sources
    • low lifecycle energy materials (i.e. encourage choice of materials that are not energy-intensive to produce, locally available and durable)
    • materials that are low emission and do not emit toxic gases or dangerous particles
  • 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
  • Minimise disruption to landform and natural ecosystems.
  • Encourage development on previously developed or degraded sites, whilst considering affordability.
  • Encourage protection (during and after construction) of existing habitats for native animals or rehabilitation of such habitats where not already in existence in a healthy state.
  • Maintain and enhance viable habitat size to improve connectivity and reduce fragmentation.
  • Promote biodiversity and sustainability awareness.
  • Ensure the necessary monitoring and maintenance programs exist to assess ongoing ecosystem performance.

Water

This considers reduction in potable water use through water efficiency mechanisms and source substitution, as well as end user education initiatives.

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Objective

Improve water use efficiency.

Target

Measures that would achieve at least a 20 per cent reduction in potable water use beyond regulatory measures and have no potable water irrigation requirements.

Principles

Reduce potable water use. There are two fundamental strategies to achieve this:

  • Reduce overall water use by 20 per cent beyond regulatory means – e.g. through water efficiency mechanisms.
  • Utilise alternative water sources (e.g. rainwater, stormwater, dual reticulation) to meet irrigation demand for public open space and common areas of the project or use drought tolerant species which require no establishment period.

Community

This includes consideration of community consultation; ongoing community governance and engagement; transport; place making; community prosperity; local facilities; safety and accessibility; and indoor environment quality.

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Objective

Vibrant, cohesive, healthy, happy, adaptable, prosperous, sustainable communities.

Target

Development that encourages social capital, community spirit, sustainable local facilities, reduced use of private motor vehicles, a sense of safety/security and accessible and flexible design that welcomes a diversity of people and adapts to their changing needs.

Principles

  • Consult with surrounding community and traditional owners.
  • Encourage community cohesiveness and interactions through the provision of facilities, the ongoing support of community social capital such as community organisations and/or networks and sub-division layout design/masterplan.
  • Encourage use of public transport or walking and cycling.
  • Accessible local employment, education and services to encourage cohesive community and reduce the need for regular travel beyond the local area.
  • Encourage safe, accessible, comfortable housing, facilities and workplaces.
  • Protect heritage.
  • Maintain and enhance community assets.

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