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Sustainability top of UDIA’s agenda 14/01/2017

A significant priority for UDIA is ensuring the sustainable development of communities in WA.

A significant priority for UDIA is ensuring the sustainable development of communities in WA.

One of the ways in which we promote best practice in sustainability and encourage developers to think innovatively when it comes to a range of environmental, social and economic factors is via our EnviroDevelopment program.

The EnviroDevelopment program is a scientifically-based assessment scheme that independently reviews development projects and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance across four or more of the provided elements - Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community.

UDIA was pleased to cap off 2016 by certifying two more projects under EnviroDevelopment – Allara Estate located in Eglinton and multi-unit development Parkside Walk in Jolimont. The certification process is rigorous and it is a big achievement on the part of both project teams to meet the strict criteria.

Allara Estate by Satterley and LandCorp has impressively achieved certification under all six of the EnviroDevelopment criteria and has a range of features that will serve the community for years to come including plenty of green spaces, waterwise planting, lots designed to maximise energy efficiency as well as the provision of solar panels and energy smart metering systems in every dwelling.

A critical aspect of long-term sustainable living is community education and an understanding of how sustainable elements work and what residents can do in their everyday lives to enhance sustainable outcomes. At Allara, all new residents receive a welcome pack that aims to educate homebuyers on sustainable living.

There are also a range of community engagement events planned to get residents involved including a Bike Share Scheme, community garden, community bus service and even a bike powered pop-up cinema.

Parkside Walk by LandCorp and the Town of Cambridge is the first multi-unit project certified in WA and also focuses on community education to enhance long-term sustainable outcomes with all residents receiving a Sustainable Living Guide which provides homeowners with information on how to further reduce their ecological foot print.

All the apartments will also be sub-metered to track energy and water use at an individual apartment level, which is a big step forward in WA for residents of apartments.

Sub-metering provides residents with data on their individual consumption and therefore affords them the opportunity to manage and reduce their own usage.

Overall, both impressive projects had a clear vision and sustainable agenda from the outset which assisted in achieving great outcomes for the environment and the local community.

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