Environmental Sustainable Development

Residential Sustainable development

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The size of your development determines whether you will need to produce a Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) to support your planning application and which National Construction Code Clause(s) your application will be assessed against.

Small Developments
A small development is a residential developments of up to four dwellings, a non-residential development of a building with a gross floor area between up to 100m2 and alterations and additions up to 100m2

Single dwellings:

Between two to four dwellings:

  • Top 20 ESD Principles for 2-4 Dwellings
  • Planning Permit Applications of this size are assessed against [Clause 55 - Residential Development Provisions] for energy efficiency. [National Construction Code] requirements for energy efficiency under Section J also must be met.

Medium Developments
A medium development is a residential development of 5-14 dwellings, a non-residential development of a building with a gross floor area between 100m2 and 1000m2, and alterations and additions between 100m2 and 1000m2.
  • Top 20 ESD Principles for 5-14 Dwellings
  • Planning Permit Applications of this size are required to complete a Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) and improve on the basic requirements of [Clause 55 - Residential Development Provisions] for energy efficiency and the [National Construction Code].

Large Developments
A large development is a residential development of 15 or more dwellings, a non-residential development of a building with a gross floor area of more than 1000m2, and alterations and additions greater than 1000m2.

  • Top 20 ESD Principles for 15+ Dwellings
  • Planning Permit Applications of this size are assessed against [Clause 55 - Residential Development Provisions] for energy efficiency and the requirements listed under Section J of the [National Construction Code].

Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) 

Further Information
Planning Department
Phone 8470 8850
Monday-Friday 8:45am–4:45pm

Commercial Environmental Sustainable Development

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The size of your development determines whether you will need to produce a Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) or a Sustainable Management Plan (SMP) to support your planning application.

Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) is a key priority in the development of today’s built environment. Sustainable design protects our environment, secures today’s living standards and future–proofs our community against rising energy, water and waste disposal costs.

The Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) program includes key environmental performance considerations into the planning permit approvals process. The size and type of the development will determine to what level ESD features will need to be incorporated.

Medium Commercial Developments
An Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) is a simple sustainability assessment of a proposed development sized between 100 to 999m2 of Gross Floor Area (GFA) at the planning stage. The assessment will support your Planning Application by showing how you address the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories. The categories are:

  • Indoor environment Quality
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Stormwater Management
  • Building Materials
  • Transport
  • Waste Management
  • Urban Ecology
  • Innovation
  • Construction and Building Management

While the National Construction Code (NCC) outlines minimum Environmentally Sustainable Design requirements, we encourage you to strive for best practice, creativity and innovation. By using free web-based tools, such as Sustainable Design Scorecard for commercial and industrial developments at the planning permit stage you can easily demonstrate that your project meets our minimum environmental compliance standards.

Large Commercial Developments
A Sustainable Management Plan (SMP) is a sustainability assessment of a proposed development of 1000m2 of Gross Floor Area (GFA) at the planning stage. The assessment will support your planning application by showing how you address the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories. We recommend you engage an Environmentally Sustainable Design consultant, engineer or qualified person to complete the Sustainable Management Plan.

The categories are:

  • Indoor environment Quality
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Water Efficiency
  • Stormwater Management
  • Building Materials
  • Transport
  • Waste Management
  • Urban Ecology
  • Innovation
  • Construction and Building Management

While the Darebin Planning Scheme outlines minimum requirements, we encourage you to strive for best practice, creativity and innovation. By using free web-based tools, such as Sustainable Design Scorecard at the planning permit stage for commercial and industrial developments you can easily demonstrate that your project meets our minimum environmental compliance standards.

Further Information
Planning Department
Phone 8470 8850
Monday-Friday 8:45am–4:45pm

Environmental Sustainable Design Resources

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These resources will help you understand key Environmentally Sustainable Design categories and suggest key design measures that can be incorporated to improve the sustainability of your development.

10 Key Sustainable Building Categories
Consider these 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories in the design stage:

Fact Sheets  

Further Information
Planning Department
Phone 8470 8850
Monday-Friday 8:45am–4:45pm