What is EnviroDevelopment?

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What is EnviroDevelopment?

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EnviroDevelopment is an assessment that independently reviews residential, retail, and commercial projects across Australia.

 

Depending on the outcome of our assessment, we award an EnviroDevelopment Certification to those that achieve outstanding sustainability performance across our six areas – Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water, and Community.

 

Certified projects have met our Technical Standards, which were established and regularly reviewed by an expert panel including ecologists, town planners, engineers, architects, lawyers, and economists.

These standards are regularly reviewed to ensure they continue to recognise sustainability achievements that go beyond regulatory requirements and consider new technologies.

Elements

We make it easy to identify a sustainable project by awarding a development a ‘leaf’ for every area of sustainability they achieve.

Learn more about each area below and if you would like more detailed information about the set of Technical Standards you can download them here

Ecosystems

This icon signifies the project has made great efforts to protect and enhance the existing native ecosystems and rehabilitate any degraded part of the development site.

This may include:

    • encouraging a range of native plant and animal species
    • improving water quality
    • designing the development to integrate with the natural landscape.

The government plays a role in requiring developers to protect the natural environment, however developments that have achieve the Ecosystems ‘leaf’ have gone beyond the legislated basics to deliver more positive ecosystem outcomes.

See how the Ecosystems element benefits you here and see what you can do to improve your local ecosystem here.

Waste

This icon demonstrates the developer has worked hard to minimise the creation of waste during, and prior to, construction.

Usually they have identified local recyclers, secondary product manufacturers, and material streams to recycle or reuse a minimum of 80% of demolition, land clearing, and civil works materials (e.g. leftover pipe, road base).

For those developers who build homes, they must have also made extensive efforts to avoid the generation of waste. At least 80% of their unavoidable waste must be recycled or reused.

See how the Waste element benefits you here and see what you can do to reduce your contribution to landfill here.

Energy

If the development displays the Energy icon, it has exceeded the government’s energy efficiency requirements.

They must deliver a further 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to minimum compliance. This may be achieved through a combination of smart design initiatives, the installation of energy efficient appliances and fixtures, and the inclusion of renewable energy like solar panels.

See how the Energy element benefits you here and see what you can do to save on your energy bills requirements here.

Materials

This icon signifies that 20% of the materials used in the development were recycled, reused or renewable materials, or ones that produce fewer carbon emissions over their lifecycle.

There are currently no government requirements to use environmentally responsible materials and EnviroDevelopments exceed standard industry practice. These developments may also use low emission materials in homes and/or common areas to ensure a healthy indoor environment.

See how the Materials element benefits you here and see how you can choose more sustainable materials here.

Water

Developments that achieve the water element have incorporated systems to reduce the use of potable water by at least 20% compared to minimum regulatory compliance.

Developers will achieve this in different ways, which may include using stormwater for irrigation, providing rainwater tanks or improving water efficiency through appliances and/or taps and shower heads. 

The Australian Government dictates water efficiency obligations but all developments that achieve the Water ‘leaf’ have delivered projects that not only satisfy these requirements but also reduce potable water use through irrigation requirements.

See how the Water element benefits you here and see what you can do to reduce your household water consumption here.

Community

The community icon means extensive efforts have been made to create a safe, vibrant, and cohesive community.

This can include engaging the local community in the design, providing active or public transport opportunities, ensuring all homes have good indoor living comfort or designing the community to encourage interaction.

See how the Community element benefits you here and see ways you can get more involved in your community here.

What we ask developers to do

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Every project certified as an EnviroDevelopment goes through a rigorous process to give you confidence that when you see that logo, you know it’s a sustainable choice.
Learn more about the key features, under each sustainability area, that developers include to become EnviroDevelopment certified projects:
Ecosystems recognises a development that has taken steps to protect and enhance the health and sustainability of the natural environment, encourage native plants and animals, and repair damaged sites.

We ask the developer to undertake the following, in order to achieve the element:
  • Encourage resilient natural plants and animals, and protect corridor connectivity
  • Protect and repair vegetation and wetlands
  • Enhance existing animal habitats where they are no longer in existence or in a healthy state
  • Avoid water pollution and degradation of water quality in waterways and natural systems and fix any water quality problems occurring onsite or in the neighbouring areas.

Waste recognises a development that has taken steps to implement comprehensive waste management and minimisation procedures to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

We ask the developer to undertake the following, in order to achieve the element:
  • Encourage recycling of construction and demolition materials and reduce waste going into landfill
  • Minimise pollution from construction onsite.
  • Promote the re-use of existing structures and materials such as old buildings and fence posts
  • Promote community awareness and access to recycling facilities.

Energy recognises a development that has taken steps to reduce production of greenhouse gases and 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.

We ask the developer to undertake the following, in order to achieve the element:
  • Design the home to respond positively to the natural environment, making the home cooler in summer and warmer in winter
  • Consider which way the house faces to encourage natural breezes in summer
  • Reduce the reliance on air-conditioning and heating by properly insulating your home
  • Encourage use of alternative energy sources like solar power
  • Using energy efficient appliances, lighting as well as heating and cooling systems
  • Promote community education and awareness on how to reduce your energy usage.

Materials recognises a development that has taken steps to ensure environmentally responsible materials have been used in the development’s construction, including the use of recycled materials, and consideration of the life cycle environmental costs of materials.

We ask the developer to undertake the following, in order to achieve the element:
  • Incorporate use of civil work and landscaping materials from environmentally responsible sources
  • Use building materials from environmentally responsible sources
  • Improve indoor air quality through the use of low emission paints and sealants.

Water recognises a development that has taken steps to ensure improved water use. This could be through water efficiency systems or added water capturing such as rainwater and stormwater.

We ask the developer to undertake the following, in order to achieve the element:
  • Reduce “safe to drink” water usage where it isn’t needed including landscaping and toilet flushing
  • Promote the use of rainwater tanks, water efficient appliances, fixtures and fittings, and drought tolerant plant species in private outdoor spaces
  • Use rainwater tanks or stormwater collection for irrigation in public spaces or use drought tolerant plants that don’t require any irrigation.

Community recognises a development that has taken steps to ensure a vibrant, connected, sustainable community with good community design, provision of community facilities and networks, safe, accessible buildings, and options to reduce reliance on private vehicles.

We ask the developer to undertake the following, in order to achieve the element:
  • Understand, engage, and consider the wishes of the surrounding community and traditional owners
  • Encourage community cohesiveness and interactions through the delivery of facilities, ongoing support of the community, and development layout
  • Promote the use of public transport, active transport, and healthy lifestyles
  • Provide access to local employment, education, and services to reduce the need for regular travel beyond the local area.

If you would like more detailed information about the standards that guide EnviroDevelopment, you can download them here.


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