Transport-led Sustainability at B by Halcyon

Transport-led Sustainability at B by Halcyon

An ambition to lead the industry has inspired the team at Halcyon to incorporate EnviroDevelopment accreditation into all their projects as standard. This has resulted in exceptional outcomes for both consumers and the environment.

The results of this decision can be seen across a variety of Halcyon’s projects but perhaps most visibly in their B development on the Sunshine Coast which, according to Project Director Chris Carley, is Halcyon’s greenest project ever.

“We always strive for high environmental outcomes in all of our developments,” he said. “We’ve always built to a very high standard, and we’ve always tried to run our roads north to south to get the best possible solar passive orientation but at B we set about taking that a step further in creating what we’re calling our greenest project ever.”

Set on around 25 hectares of land in the picturesque Buderim, the over 50s lifestyle community includes three phase power to all homes as standard, which Mr Carley said was a way of future proofing the community ahead of his predicted demise of the combustion engine in the next decade.

In addition to future proofing the electricity infrastructure in residents’ homes, B also includes access to a Tesla Community Car which provides great flexibility and a bit of fun for residents to enjoy.

“The big thing for our residents is the grandkids love it, they’re proud of their grandparents for having a go and being part of something that makes a difference. Our residents get to show off that they live in a community with five kilowatts of solar renewable energy on their roof, a renewable energy solar hot water system and then to top it off a Tesla community car – I think it provides them with a lot of personal satisfaction.”

The ethos behind a number of Halcyon projects and this development in particular is looking at what can be done to reduce the cost for consumers to live as well as reducing the amount of carbon emissions produced by the developments.

“At B we will have over 7,500 solar panels across the rooves in the community, plus panels for the hot water system and all of the community buildings,” Mr Carley said. “All up we are set to have in excess of 2,500 NatHers energy rating stars across our community with each of the 300+ homes being a minimum of 8-star rating.”

Stage two includes a creative arts precinct with a coffee bar, library and lounge area as well as the main recreation building that will include a private dining room, cinema, resort style pool and club room which are all currently under construction.

“Other aspects of stage two will see another 100 kilowatts of solar for our main facilities and a range of Tesla batteries that will help power our facilities and reduce our long term, overall carbon output, helping us to get to net zero energy on site,” Mr Carley said.

Adhering to water efficiency standards is one of the six leaves a project needs to excel in, along with waste, energy, materials, community and ecosystems, in order to achieve full EnviroDevelopment accreditation.

“We first got involved with EnviroDevelopment in around 2012 for our Halcyon Landing development and were early adopters in this space,” Mr Carley said. “We think it’s a fantastic barometer to evaluate how well we’re doing and see how high we can raise the bar.

“We’ve been a market leader in adopting solar and sustainability alongside being a market leader in adopting liveable housing design guidelines. If you set the foundations right, then your consumers can live on in that community and make a difference moving forwards.

“The aspect of EnviroDevelopment that is really useful for us is that independent validation of what we’re doing and being able to show that to our consumers. As my mentor always used to say ‘Self praise is no form of recommendation’. It’s great to have an independent authority who can look at what we’re doing and say we have raised the bar in meeting the required standards.

“EnviroDevelopment and the UDIA has been fabulous in terms of helping us and other developers to get that message out there.”

This article was originally published in The Urbanist, produced by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA). For more information, see here.

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