ESD Design Guidelines
LID Consulting are currently engaged preparing ESD Design Guidelines for a Melbourne growth area council. These guidelines are to provide certainty to council officers, consultants and developers in relation to ESD requirements in all development types, while also improving the sustainability performance of all developments in the council area.
The ESD Design Guidelines are intended to cover:
- New subdivision developments design and development
- New residences and some non residential development types design guidelines
- Non-residential developments built by developers and retained in private ownership
- Buildings and Infrastructure built and retained by Council
- Buildings and infrastructure built by developers but handed over to Council to operate and maintain
Pragmatic but innovative measures will be promoted. Some less common but simple ideas presented relevant to the housing design guidelines include:
- Recommendations in relation to encouraging home builders to consider designs that simply facilitate ageing in place and Liveable Housing Australia design guidelines;
- Recommendations in relation to encouraging home builders to consider designs that can readily incorporate creation of internal self contained spaces that may allow multi-generational living;
- Requirements for building fabric to have greater insulation integrity – minimising power points and data points on external walls unless wall boxes are included behind;
- Requirements for an additional insulation and installed windows inspection by building surveyors immediately prior to plaster installation to help ensure there are no gaps in insulation or sealing (inexpensive).
Significant stakeholder consultation has been undertaken and will continue, and draft guidelines are mid-way in preparation.