ESD design guidelines in detail

The ESD design guidelines that we have developed (in conjunction with Tri Spatial Planning) draw on an extensive amount of research and existing practice, as well as information from our own experience. Our ideas come from many sources and it is significantly more comprehensive than any similar documents we are aware of.

See here for details of the philosophy behind these guidelines including a talk from our Principal at the 2019 Liveable Conference and other work with designing sustainable communities.

The final ESD Guidelines document includes a good number of sensible and innovative recommendations, broken down into the sections below:

Subdivision design and development

Subdivision dwellings

Buildings requiring a planning permit

Council buildings and assets

 

ESD guidelines: Subdivision design and development

Element 1 – Sequential development

  • Recommendation 1.1 – Sequential development

Element 2 – Incorporation of relevant climate change, ESD, cultural heritage & ecological management reports

  • Requirement 2.1 – Incorporation of relevant climate change and ESD reports
  • Requirement 2.2 – Cultural heritage assessments
  • Requirement 2.3 – Ecological management

Element 3 – Subdivision design review

  • Requirement 3.1 – Independent design review process

Element 4 – Urban Structure, connectivity and density

  • Requirement 4.1 – Density and dwelling diversity
  • Requirement 4.2 – Off-road personal transport highways
  • Requirement 4.3 – Lot orientation
  • Requirement 4.4 – Safe spaces (CPTED assessment)
  • Requirement 4.5 – The street as a public space

Element 5 – Road reserve, path and park design and construction

  • Requirement 5.1 – Sustainable materials
  • Requirement 5.2 – Public open space
  • Requirement 5.3 – Innovation Subdivision of 1000 Lots and greater
  • Requirement 5.4 – Energy efficient street lights and minimising light spill

Element 6 – Integrated water management, ecology, emissions sequestration and urban heat island effect

  • Requirement 6.1 – Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
  • Requirement 6.2 – Car parking design – for WSUD and urban ecology
  • Requirement 6.3 – Urban ecology

Element 7 – Waste

  • Requirement 7.1 – Construction waste management

Element 8 – Innovation

  • Requirement 8.1 – Demonstrate innovation for community benefit

Element 9 – Site and environmental management

  • Requirement 9.1 – Site environmental management

Element 10 – Incorporation of ESD guidelines – Subdivisions dwellings (Housing ESD design guidelines)

  • Requirement 10.1 – Incorporation of ESD guidelines – Subdivisions dwellings (Housing ESD design guidelines)

ESD guidelines: Subdivision dwellings

Element 1 – Dwelling height

  • Requirement 1.1 – Dwelling height

Element 2 – Accessible and adaptable dwellings

  • Requirement 2.1 – Accessible and adaptable dwellings
  • Recommendation – Internal dependent persons unit

Element 3 – Thermal efficiency, reduced operation costs and reduced greenhouses gas emissions.

  • Requirement 3.1 – Passive heating and cooling
  • Recommendation – Ceiling fans
  • Requirement 3.2 – Energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and affordable living
  • Requirement 3.3 – Renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions and affordable living

Element 4 – Healthy environments for residents

  • Requirement 4.1 – Healthy materials and finishes
  • Requirement 4.2 – External noise

Element 5 – Healthy and inclusive communities.

  • Requirement 5.1 – Public realm integration / activation of front yards
  • Recommendation – Minimum front porch size

Element 6 – Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD).

  • Requirement 6.1 – Water sensitive urban design, climate change resilience and waterway enhancement

Element 7 – To support ecological density and mitigate against the urban heat island effect

  • Requirement 7.1 – Landscaping
  • Requirement 7.2 – Roof colour

Element 8 – To increase potable water savings.

  • Requirement 8.1 – Water efficient fixtures
  • Requirement 8.2 – Water saving initiatives

Element 9 – Sustainable materials in dwelling design and landfill waste reduction.

  • Requirement 9.1 – Sustainable materials
  • Requirement 9.2 – Construction waste

 

ESD guidelines: Buildings requiring a planning permit

Background

Application

Objectives

Triggers and Application Requirements

  • Trigger and application requirements – Table 6.4.1.1
  • Innovation credits
  • Passive design guide – residential / accommodation
  • Passive design guide – non-residential
  • Zero carbon emissions plan guide
  • Aged care design guide
  • Service station design guide
  • Car parking design guide

 

Council Buildings and assets

Introduction and targets

Strategic alignment

Definition of ESD

Application and how to use these guidelines

Objectives

Roles and responsibilities

Building and asset types triggers and ESD requirements

  • All asset types
  • Buildings
  • Roads and infrastructure
  • Stormwater
  • Open Space

Supplementary and guidance information

  • Consultant and contractors ESD experience
  • Sustainable materials from the Infrastructure Design Manual (IDM) Sustainable Infrastructure Guidelines (SIG)
  • Passive design statement
  • Zero carbon emissions plan guide
  • Building users guide
  • Sustainability management plan
  • ESD and the capital works cycle