The standards required for EnviroDevelopment certification have been determined by a panel of government, industry and environmental experts. Certification in any one of the EnviroDevelopment elements is a significant achievement, with a number of elements signifying a truly outstanding sustainable development project.

How does it work?

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

EnviroDevelopment icons, or leaves, are awarded to environmentally sustainable developments for the following achievements:


Improved water use through water efficiency mechanisms and / or source substitution such as rainwater and stormwater harvesting.


Reduced production of greenhouse gases and reduced use of fossil fuels. This is achieved through greater efficiencies in energy usage and use of renewable and non-polluting energy sources such as solar power.


Comprehensive waste management procedures and practices to reduce the amount of waste to landfill.


Environmentally responsible material usage including reuse of materials, recycled materials and consideration of the life cycle environmental costs of materials.


Vibrant, cohesive, sustainable communities with good community design; the provision of community facilities and networks; safe, accessible housing and options for the reduced use of private motor vehicles.


Protected and enhanced health and sustainability of natural systems and the encouragement of native biodiversity and rehabilitation of degraded sites.

Certification levels

EnviroDevelopment projects that attain certification are distinguished with a 4-leaf, 5-leaf, or 6-leaf certification, reflecting the number of elements they successfully incorporate. Each certification level is denoted by a corresponding certification seal, showcasing the project’s commitment to environmental excellence.

4 leaves certified

Projects featuring this logo are certified at the 4-leaf level

5 leaves certified

Projects featuring this logo are certified at the 5-leaf level

6 leaves certified

Projects showcasing this logo have achieved certification at the maximum level across all six leaves

Development types we certify

Masterplanned Communities

Residential Subdivision

Seniors Living

Multi-Unit Residential

Mixed Use




Health and Aged Care



Position yourself and your company as a key player delivering sustainable development in Australia.



Living in an EnviroDevelopment means having a happy and healthy life sensitive to nature.



EnviroDevelopment has been designed to benefit a large range of groups as well as, of course, the environment in which we live. The system offers numerous benefits for home buyers, government and environmental groups and participants in the development industry.

Home buyers and Occupiers

An EnviroDevelopment home offers:

  • Reduced operating costs.
  • Eligibility for rebates and incentives.
  • Enhanced marketability and property values.
  • Healthier homes, workplaces and communities.
  • Satisfaction at reducing your ecological footprint.

Local, State and Federal Governments and Environmental Groups

The EnviroDevelopment system means:

  • A more attractive, livable and sustainable State and region.
  • Increased community awareness of the importance of protecting the environment.
  • More efficient use of resources whilst facilitating population growth.
  • Reduced pressure and demand on infrastructure and services.
  • Increased awareness of strategies to enhance sustainability.


Participating developers will be rewarded with:

  • Marketing benefits of EnviroDevelopment certification.
  • Enhanced corporate image.
  • Potential for incentives and rebates with a positive platform for negotiating reduced infrastructure charges, offsets and reduced development assessment delays.
  • A competitive environment where sustainable development outcomes are achieved without substantial financial disadvantage.
  • More sustainable and enhanced developments.

Why is it needed?

A growing awareness of environmental concerns, rapid population growth and exciting advances in science and technology have placed sustainable urban development firmly on the public agenda.

In recognition of consumer demand and the urgent need to hasten the uptake of sustainable development, the Urban Development Institute of Australia has developed the ground-breaking environmental branding system – EnviroDevelopment.

The EnviroDevelopment framework is based on recognition of high achievement across a wide range of development types and situations. It has been structured to encourage innovation and incentives to ensure that the best environmental solutions are being used today, for a better tomorrow.

AVID recognises the importance of reducing its impact on the environment. The EnviroDevelopment system offers us a high level framework that encourages the design and construction of better developments and it’s a system that AVID wholeheartedly believes in and uses as a benchmark for all its developments.

Cameron Holt, AVID Property Group

Contact us

If you would like to know more about the EnviroDevelopment program or have any questions, please contact us.