ESD Reports

Ecologically Sustainable Development

Australia's National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development defines ecologically sustainable development as: 'using, conserving and enhancing the community's resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained, and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased'.

An ESD report consists of multiple sustainability criteria and a variation of online and offline tools for certification processes.

Water Sensitive Urban Design – STORM

Planning Schemes of certain local councils require a Waster Sensitive Urban Design to show that your development will achieve best practice water quality objectives for reduction in total suspended solids, total phosphorus and total nitrogen loads as set out in the Urban Stormwater Best Practice Environmental Management Guidelines (Stormwater Committee, 1999).

By using the Stormwater Treatment Objective –Relative Measure (STORM) Tool, we can determine the amount of WSUD treatment measures such as rainwater tanks, ponds, wetlands, rain gardens, infiltration systems, buffers and swales, required by your site to meet these water quality objectives.

Sustainable Design Assessment -SDA

A Sustainable Design Assessment is required with most permit applications as a requirement under local council planning schemes. If you are applying for a planning permit to construct a new building or to extend an existing building, your planning application will be assessed in relation to environmentally sustainable design as part of the permit application process (SDAPP).

The assessment will review how your development will respond to the following sustainable categories:

  • Management
  • Water
  • Stormwater
  • Indoor Environment Quality
  • Transport
  • Waste
  • Urban Ecology
  • Innovation

Thermal modelling using an accredited NatHERS software, BESS and STORM are all incorporated into a SDA, and utilises the information and standards set out from those assessments.

Sustainability Management Plan - SMP

A sustainability management plan is a more detailed version of an SDA. It sets out the sustainable design features for larger scale, more complex developments and contains more information related to treatment measures and goals. Check with the applicable local council to determine whether your development requires a SDA or SMP.

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