- Parklands (Grocon)
- The Hamilton (Shayher Group)
- Botanica Residences (ARIA Property Group)
- Green Square (Brisbane Housing Company)
- Northshore Hamilton (Economic Development Queensland)
- Sanctuary Cove (Mulpha Australia Limited)
- Seaspray (Seaspray Project Management)
- Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club (QM Properties)
- Twenty on Queens (PointCorp)
- Sephora (PointCorp)
- Ecco on Helen (PDMS Group)
- Daintree Terraces (BHC)
- Quadrant Apartments (BHC)
- Ballantine Street (Defence Housing Australia)
- Zest Apartments (Hindmarsh)
- eco@jumrum (Jumrum Rainforest)
- Fairways (Ingenta)
- Warner Lakes The Reserve (Defence Housing Australia and Peet Limited)
- Bluewattle (Defence Housing Australia)
- Tannum Blue (Economic Development Queensland)
- Blue Ridge (Economic Development Queensland)
- Bushlark Grove (Economic Development Queensland)
- Eko:bode (Horizon Housing Company)
- Strengthening Grantham (Lockyer Valley Regional Council)
- Riverbank (Peet Limited)
- Clearview Rise (Economic Development Queensland)
- The Village (Economic Development Queensland)
- HillClose (Economic Development Queensland)
- Woodlands Andergrove (Economic Development Queensland)
- Fitzgibbon Chase (Economic Development Queensland)
- Coomera Waters (Austcorp)
- The EcoVillage at Currumbin (Landmatters)
- Capricorn Blue (Sustainable Synergies)
- Trevean Gardens (Trevean Pty Ltd)
- The Boulevards (Petrac)
Health and Aged Care:
- Humes Ipswich Precast Manfufacturing Facility (Holcim Australia Pty Ltd)
- Coolum Eco Industrial Park (Economic Development Queensland)
- Mitchell Enviro Industrial Estate (Mitchell Builders)
- Endeavour Foundation Lottery Prize Home
- Project Zero (Apollo Property Group)
- Bretts Wharf, Teneriffe and Hawthorne City Cat Terminals (Brisbane City Council)
An iconic project that will transform the Southport area, Parklands will feature more than 1,252 dwellings with a mix of apartments and townhouses, a 5,840 m2 retail precinct and 7ha of green landscaped spaces built around a 'Village Heart'. Located 5km from Surfers Paradise, Parklands is well serviced by public transport, providing an ideal place for people to work, study, live and play.
All 18 apartment towers and townhouses are orientated to maximise favourable solar orientation and take advantage of local cooling breezes. Grocon have set a 90% of construction waste recycling target and are committed to using low-VOC and recycled materials, wherever possible. This principle continues through to the fitout, with LED fixtures and efficient appliances to be installed throughout the development. All dwellings are designed to meet the Liveable Housing Guidelines - Gold level for apartments and Silver level for townhouses. The development will provide nine community gardens, complete with facilities for composting and vermilculture.
Grocon's direct involvement with the local community has already commenced; partnering up with Griffith University, yourtown and the Gold Coast School of Construction to provide local trainee opportunities.
Halcyon Glades is a 176-home over 50's lifestyle community at Caboolture, featuring 5-star resort style facilities including a bowling green, tennis court, caravan and boat storage, swimming pool and spa. The community also has a garden for home owners' use featuring an orchard, native bees and a communal compost facility, as well as a bio-retention basin filled with native species to efficiently treat stormwater.
The homes themselves achieve a NatHERS rating of eight stars for energy efficient design, exceeding the EnviroDevelopment requirement of seven stars, due in part to their use of Hebel PowerPanels and light coloured roofs. Most dwellings also achieve a silver rating in Livable Housing Design Guidelines, which promotes ageing in place.
eco@jumrum (Kuranda, QLD) is a land-only rural residential development and is the first project in the Far North Queensland to be certified by EnviroDevelopment. Named after Jumrum Creek that weaves through the estate, the project lives and breathes a commitment to its rainforest surrounds. The developer has partnered with EnviroCare to undertake creek rehabilitation works, setting aside riparian buffers ranging from 5m to 10m along the riverbanks (8.1 ha in total).
Lots are between 3000m2 and 7000m2, however, the maximum building envelope is 2000m2 with the remainder of the land protected by a strict covenant for perpetuity. The covenants dictate that lots cannot be fenced beyond the building envelope, ensuring the connectivity of habitat for fauna to freely move throughout the estate. Site Design Notes for each lot are provided free of charge to buyers, showing the best place to build and landscape, taking into account solar orientation and prevailing breezes.
Homes will be built with energy-efficient water heaters and appliances, with a particular focus on reducing energy use by design. The developer is supporting post-construction sustainability by providing compost bins and subsidising native landscape packages up to $2,000 for each lot.
A special focus on community and sustainability has helped The Hamilton by Shayher Group achieve EnviroDevelopment Certification in all six elements. Located in the waterfront Northshore Hamilton area, The Hamilton offers high-quality, sustainable urban living within the context of a vibrant, sub-tropical community.
Amenities such as a community library, club rooms and large green natural space will enable The Hamilton residents to engage, collaborate and relax with the local community. The precinct is designed to achieve a higher than usual level of pedestrian permeability with cross-block pedestrian links that connect to internal nodes as well as to surrounding community facilities, while bicycle storage facilities promote active lifestyles.
Energy efficient fixtures in commercial areas will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 52% compared to offices of a similar size. LED street and accent lighting is used throughout the development while efficient appliances are used within the dwellings to further reduce energy consumption. Two rainwater tanks, with a combined capacity of 281,000 litres, collect water that is reused for toilet flushing, laundry usage and pool/pond refilling. Efficient plumbing fixtures in common areas will reduce water usage by 25% compared to regulatory baseline fixtures.
The Hamilton sits within Economic Development Queensland's (EDQ) Northshore Hamilton Precinct, which has maintained EnviroDevelopment certification on a precinct-wide level since 2011. The on-going partnership between EDQ and EnviroDevelopment means the Northshore Hamilton precinct will continue to be filled with quality, sustainability-focused buildings, such as The Hamilton, into the future.
The Endeavour Foundation's Eco-Lifestyle Lottery Prize Home on the Sunshine Coast is the first single dwelling to achieve certification in all six elements under Version 2 of the national standards. The luxury home, located on a 1.32 ha lot an hour north of Brisbane, incorporates solar-panels, water-wise tapware, a natural bio pool, native landscaping, sustainable building materials and furnishings made from recycled timber and natural fibres.
EnviroDevelopment is proud to have worked with the Endeavour Foundation to provide third-party sustainability certification for the prize home, the centrepiece of the Eco-Lifestyle Lottery. Officially launched on 10 June 2015, funds raised from the Eco-Lifestyle Lottery will go towards building modern houses for people with a disability to have more independence and choice about where and with whom they live. There will be an upcoming spot on The Today Show featuring the lottery prize home so keep an eye out for that!
The prize home's most notable environmentally-friendly achievement is its self-sufficiency. With no town water available at the site, the home's 45,000 litre rainwater storage tanks are ample to service the home and in-ground swimming pool, while the onsite sewerage treatment plant will irrigate the native-landscaped lower gardens. Electricity production from the 6kw solar panel arrays are producing an average of 30 kWh per day - more than enough to satisfy the average electricity demands for a family of four on the Sunshine Coast. The home also utilises a solar hot water system to further reduce operating costs.
Holcim Australia's new $75m state-of-the-art precast concrete manufacturing facility, "Humes Ipswich", was officially opened on the 3rd of March 2014. The flagship production facility is constructed in Swanbank Enterprise Park, strategically located 27km (radial) south-west of the Brisbane CBD. Unlike any other industrial estate in Queensland, Swanbank Enterprise Park comprises almost 500 hectares of developable industrial land within a 2,200 hectares master planned business, industry and open green space precinct. The industrial development provides opportunity for a range of industries and industry groups that require high energy inputs, expansive buffered sites and supporting infrastructure within close proximity to a major capital city and interstate transport network.
The site was built with high respect and consideration to the existing surrounding environment, complimenting existing natural landforms and environmental properties. The plant focuses the energy from three prior existing sites to provide a more efficient service that aims to be substantially more environmentally aware. Activities on the site consist of concrete batching for the on-site manufacture of concrete products including reinforced concrete pipes and other small and large pre-cast concrete products in enclosed/semi-enclosed buildings.
Humes Ipswich Precast Concrete Manufacturing Facility is the first Industrial development to be certified by EnviroDevelopment through the National Technical Standards Version 2. The world-class development sets a precedent to those in its industry, certifying for the full six leaves of EnviroDevelopment; Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community.
Fairways is Townsville's only master planned golf course community. Centrally located just minutes from Townsville's CBD and the Strand, Fairways offers an exclusive inner city lifestyle nestled within the heart of the Townsville Golf Course. This private residential enclave captures the golf course greens as a natural backdrop, creating a tranquil, peaceful, open space environment that ensures a premier quality lifestyle and level of prestige for residents.
A considered design approach to the layout will mean that 62% of the lots overlook open space. Fairways features a diverse lot mix, with home sites ranging between 350sqm and 800sqm offering greater choice to perspective purchasers. The development boasts accessibility to local facilities and multiple pedestrian and cycling pathways.
Careful consideration and analysis of the existing site led to the selection of the location of the central pocket park which preserves an existing cluster of fig trees within Stage 4. Innovative stormwater management solutions include a series of swales that will channel run off from the site to water catchment areas and the Golf Course will utilise and recycle run off to irrigate the Golf Course. These grassed swales will also provide a series of environmental corridors for existing fauna species on site.
Fairways features unique and innovative urban design, landscaping and engineering solutions which facilitated certification in the areas of Ecosystems, Waste, Materials and Community.
Located in Geebung, John Wesley Gardens is a residential aged care community that has been serving the local community for over 50 years. John Wesley Gardens is an ageing-in-place community, meaning that care is tailored to each resident's needs. In this set up, changes in care are reflected as needed without having to relocate.
The Geebung site is currently developed for aged care accommodation (90 units) and residential development for people with requirements of special care (four independent living units) and associated buildings. The total existing floor area on the subject site is 5,460sq m with 62.3 per cent being impervious site area.
The proposed redevelopment will involve demolishing existing site buildings (5,460 sqm), excluding the existing community facility/Chapel building which is retained in the new layout (136 sqm) and improvements of existing aged care accommodation. Aged care accommodation will include a 138 1xbedroom (144 bed) high-care community for both aged and residents living with dementia and special needs accommodation. The development will be inclusive of ancillary buildings and community facilities (11,228 sqm floor area).
Wesley Mission Brisbane achieved a six leaf EnviroDevelopment Certification by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (Qld) CEO Marina Vit on the 10 December 2014, at the official opening ceremony.
Twenty on Queens (along with Sephora) was the first Multi-Unit Development to be certified under the EnviroDevelopment National Technical Standards Version 2.
Located in the inner city suburb of Taringa, the project boasts convenience with close to public transport, highly reputable schools and access to local shops. Twenty on Queens has explored a variety of options to addressing their responsibility to protecting the natural environment and this becomes obvious through design. Being an empty lot originally, a conscious effort was made to minimise disturbance to the site's original topography. The balcony access across units welcomes sunlight and natural ventilation, limiting the need for artificial manipulation. Sub-metering across all apartments allows the opportunity for analysis and monitoring, benefitting both complex owners and developers and the apartments are equipped with modern environmentally conscious technology and appliances, including the installation of the 5,000L rainwater tank.
Receiving certification alongside Twenty on Queens, Sephora was the first Multi-Unit Development to be certified under the EnviroDevelopment National Technical Standards Version 2.
Residing in an unbeatable location in one of Brisbane's most iconic streets, the boutique Sephora complex represents Pointcorp's commitment to quality and sustainability. With only 20 apartments and facilities such as a gym, sauna, recreational area and a swimming pool this project was extremely popular with 16 apartments selling in the first week after completion in 2014.
Sephora proves that sustainability is achievable through well-considered design and attention to detail, delivering phenomenal outcomes in a highly competitive market. Clever design complimented the neighbouring Heritage listed building and shows great consideration for the existing environment and community culture. Completed with stylish landscaping and notable area dedicated to deep planting, the project well exceeds statutory requirements, contributing greatly to the surrounding natural and social environment.
Sephora displays an admirable effort of enhancing existing land and capturing the cultural identity of the existing community.
Project Zero is the first single dwelling to receive EnviroDevelopment certification. Located in the inner-city Brisbane suburb of Alderley, Project Zero shows the journey of a young family and a small construction business in their attempt to renovate a classic post-war house into a fully sustainable and functional home, and importantly, do their small part for the environment.
Predominantly an office fit out firm, Apollo Property Group (APG) aim to use the project, and the process involved, to develop and deliver training on sustainable design to its staff, contractors, builders and architects. APG have facilitated multiple workshops with the project team to ensure the best and most sustainable outcomes are achieved. APG expect to have a far better understanding of what can be done to build sustainably at the end of the process, and hope to carry their experiences from Project Zero forward into their future projects.
Warner Lakes The Reserve is a residential community located 30 minutes north from the Brisbane CBD in the suburb of Warner. Developed through a partnership between Defence Housing Australia and Peet Limited, the 36 hectare site will house over 1,400 new residents across 465 lots.
The site, which was previously used as a quarry, has been rejuvenated to provide extensive open space and conservation areas. The development features a Conservation Corridor, to preserve the native habitat for local flora and fauna species, including the endangered White-bellied Sea Eagle. Guidelines are in place to protect the native species, especially during breeding season. Safe road crossing options have also been designed to help wildlife move through the site.
Warner Lakes The Reserve is expected to enhance social mix in the local area, with provisions for diversity in housing types and price points suitable for a range of different income groups.
Bluewattle at Rasmussen in Townsville is the first Defence Housing Australia project in Queensland to receive EnviroDevelopment certification. Bluewattle comprises of 1,300 residential lots set within 98 hectares of abundant green corridors, landscaped spaces and parklands. The masterplan will offer a diverse mix of quality houses on a variety of block sizes, including traditional house, courtyard, villa and terrace lots. Bluewattle aims to create a sustainable, integrated community which enhances the existing community by implementing a masterplan that is responsive to the social needs of the residents.
Bluewattle features intelligent urban and landscape design features, conscientious stormwater management and low energy technology provide housing options that not only complement Townsville's tropical climate, but help to deliver health, social and financial benefits to residents.
Ecco on Helen, developed by Queensland-based developer PDMS Group, is a luxury apartment complex located in the innercity Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe. Featuring fifteen apartments (including two penthouses), the complex offers owners the benefits of city living whilst also addressing the overall impact of the built environment on human health and its natural surroundings.
Ecco on Helen maximises the benefits of natural light and ventilation with the inclusion of a four storey central atrium, units design to facilitate cross ventilation, and the utilisation of special energy efficient LED lighting. Ecco on Helen also features a unique four storey art and sculpture installation in the atrium, made predominantly from recycled materials.
Botanica Residences is a 19 storey multi-unit residential tower located in South Brisbane. Developed by ARIA Property Group, Botanica Residences includes fourteen levels of residential apartments, rooftop terrace area, podium car parking and office and retail tenancies on the ground level.
The building design responds to market demand to provide a varied mix of housing options for the community, offering choice and variety for inner city living in close proximity to various public transport networks and key community, educational, commercial and retail facilities. The inclusion of a mix of retail and office tenancies at ground level allows the building to maintain a strong street presence, incorporating design principles to allow casual surveillance to enhance the safety of the area, and integrate seamlessly into the existing public realm at ground level. The podium levels of Botanica Residences will feature Queensland's largest residential green wall.
Halcyon Landing is a master planned 'Over 50's Lifestyle Resort' located in Bli Bli, Queensland. Responding to the strong market demand for smaller and lower maintenance housing, the Landing provides sustainable and adaptable housing product that supports a strong and interactive community of owner occupiers. Appealing to the senior demographic, the development aims to ease cost of living pressures through the provision of energy efficient fixtures, as well as allowing residents to "Age in Place" through mandating accessible features such as wider doorways, hobless showers and opportunities for the installation of grab rails / support features.
The development provides 170 residential lots across a 9.2 hectare site, with dwellings ranging between one and two storeys. Designed to support the "zero lot plan house", residential lots allow for a variety of living / entertainment spaces, with low maintenance landscaping. In addition to the residential lots, Halcyon Landing provides a residents club with ample facilities, a community garden, lawn bowls green and 3.4 hectares of open space parkland.
Located 20 kilometres south-east of the Gladstone city centre, Tannum Blue will provide housing diversity to the expanding community of Gladstone, who are currently under pressure due to the escalating resource industry in the region.
The development concept maximises the retention of waterway corridors and surrounding vegetation, creating green spines throughout the development. Seeds have also been collected on site to ensure the development's vegetation maintains the local plant 'gene pool', which are highly adapted to the local environment. These plants will be used wherever practical, with the developer aiming for 90 per cent usage. EDQ has also engaged Ergon Energy to use Tannum Blue as a trial estate for solutions to reduce peak energy demand. Trial elements include the compulsory installation of air conditioning units in living areas to be Demand Enabled Peak Smart type units and the installation of an electrical demand ready circuit connected to an off-peak tariff for a number of electrical appliances.
Developed as a case study project between Economic Development Queensland (EDQ) and BHC, Daintree Terraces demonstrates the use of pre-fabricated techniques and small lot housing solutions within an urban setting. Located in the north of Brisbane within the already EnviroDevelopment certified EDQ development of Fitzgibbon Chase, Daintree Terraces provides high quality, sustainable architectural design at an affordable price.
Located adjacent to a neighbourhood pocket park within the Fitzgibbon Chase subdivision, Daintree Terraces boast optimal orientation with all living and outdoor areas positioned towards the north, capturing ideal views over the park.
Passive solar climate control is achieved through the ground floor concrete slab which acts as a thermal sink, shaded in summer by the balcony above. High ceilings, louvered windows and ceiling fans ensure that hot air rises and is released though the clearstory windows at ceiling level, reducing the need for mechanical cooling in summer. All building and structural elements excluding the ground floor slab are built using Structural Insulated Panel (SIP's), providing superior insulation properties. Three of the four town houses achieve an energy rating of 9 Stars.
BHC's approach towards end user education has also been highly praised with comprehensive user manuals and private inductions provided to each buyer, ensuring the users of the terraces are able to use the design techniques to their advantage and achieve the greatest savings.
Located less than 300 metres from the commercial hub of Chermside Shopping Centre in Brisbane, Quadrant Apartments provides 84 one and two bedroom apartments, 14 of which are provided under the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
Built on a brownfield site which was previously an old car yard featuring almost 100% hardstand cover and no vegetation, Quadrant Apartments has adapted its design to its urban setting. Vine trellises have been used to create green walls on fences, acting as an acoustic boundary, as well as drought tolerant species used within all plantings. BHC has accomplished exceptional outcomes through their holistic approach towards sustainability; from the early planning stages, through to the design outcome.
Bushlark Grove is a smartly designed community development situated in Moranbah, a town synonymous with Qld coal mining and located in the Central Queensland Isaac region. Previously cleared for grazing purposes, the Bushlark Grove development will assist in relieving housing cost pressures through the release of land supply to the open market. A diverse range of lot types and pricing points are currently offered to locals and non-resident workers.
Bushlark Grove will explore new forms of hot arid architecture appropriate for the Moranbah context, including residential development types such as villa, courtyard, loft homes, traditional and multiple residential allotments. The precinct includes provisions for smaller, better functioning open space areas that incorporate public art and facilities. Careful consideration of design, size and plantings ensures these public spaces are less costly to maintain.
Bushlark Grove has been commended for its sustainable approach towards residential community design, and its ability to cater for a range of lifestyles, incomes and life stages; including young families, single person households and older persons.
Blue Ridge is situated on the eastern edge of the town of Blackwater, with the site surrounded by existing residential developments, mining camps and undeveloped land. With mining the primary industry in Blackwater, Blue Ridge will provide housing for permanent residents, and ensure dwellings are available to non-resource key workers at an affordable price.
In order to reduce waste and provide residential stock at an affordable price, a majority of the housing will be modular. Economic Development Queensland is also working with the Central Highlands Regional Council to develop mechanisms to ensure that affordable housing remains affordable in the development, and that on selling does not result in affordable dwellings being priced within the general market stock. A dedicated Community Liaison Officer who will facilitate regular community activities has also been employed, and will liaise with other community groups in the region.
North Shore, located just 12 kilometres north of Townsville's CBD, is the largest masterplanned community currently under development in North Queensland and will cost approximately $2.3 billion to fully construct (including residential and non residential built form) over a 20 year development period. North Shore is set over 1,000 hectares and upon completion will be home to a population of 15,000 people and the commercial, retail, leisure and education hub for Townsville's Northern Growth Corridor through the delivery of the Town Centre (up to 100,000 square meters GFA).
The project launched just over three years ago in 2008 and has grown to command a market leading position, selling close to 1,000 residential lots, and opening numerous community and commercial facilities and the following core sustainable outcomes:
- The regeneration and rehabilitation of a vast area of the Bohle River riparian corridor.
- Dedication of over 330Ha of native bush land for ongoing community use and protection of the endangered Black Throated Finch and creation of the Black Throated Finch Trust.
- The design and commencement of a $20 million Water Sensitive Urban Design program.
- Partnership with Ergon Energy to deliver 'The Handbook' and supporting events.
- Partnership with Greening Australia to continuously rehabilitate bushland throughout over 30% of the project.
- A true contained community with education, shops, community and civic spaces, convenience centers and a sub-regional town centre all linked together through a unique Green Spine parkland corridor.
Green Square, developed by BHC (formerly Brisbane Housing Company), features two levels of commercial office space, along with 80 studio and one-bedroom apartments across nine levels. The site is in an inner city location and previously formed part of a council depot and pre-casting yard, which was demolished prior to BHC attaining the land. Before development, the site had almost 100 per cent cover by concrete slabs overlaying fill. An existing substation on site was retained and incorporated into the new building.
The building features a striking seven storey atrium through the residential levels, which is densely planted to create a green wall effect. Rainwater harvesting, water efficient tap ware and thoughtful design to minimise the requirement for air-conditioning all contribute toward a lower overall environmental impact. The development uses 20 per cent less potable water and produces 20 per cent less greenhouse gases than a standard project.
Tenants are encouraged to take full advantage of the potential savings offered by the building's green design. Quarterly building management meetings are held to discuss strategies to reduce electricity use and a tenant manual is provided with energy saving tips and hints.
The Village is located on an 83 hectares site just three kilometres from the heart of Townsville. Upon completion the project will offer 1,200 new dwellings and 13 hectares of parkland. The site is bound to the west by Ross River and the project provide uninterrupted public access to the riverfront. The riverfront parkland will include shared pedestrian and cycle paths, seating and exercise stations.
Significant efforts have been made throughout the development process to protect and enhance the ecological values of the site. Restoration works will be undertaken throughout parkland and riparian areas to increase the cover of native grasses and marine forbs, and remove invasive weed species. Significant trees containing nests of a number of bird species have been incorporated into the open space network for protection. The project also incorporates water sensitive urban design initiatives to protect the water quality of the Ross River. This includes bioretention areas, the use or permeable paving, and draining hardstand areas to garden beds.
The ULDA has made efforts throughout the development process to use resources efficiently, including reusing existing structures on the site, and recycling materials from demolished structures. The ULDA are also ensuring new homes incorporate environmentally responsible materials, such as recycled or reused materials.
Riverbank is located in the heart of Caboolture, just one hour north of Brisbane. The 90 lot development is nestled within a bend of the Caboolture River and includes 60 hectares of riverfront parkland. The project includes the rehabilitation of this parkland area through the planting of native species, ongoing weed management and the creation of wetlands to improve stormwater management. The park will include an adventure playground and exercise stations, and will provide a central focus for Riverbank residents and the broader Caboolture community.
Lots at Riverbank have been designed to optimise solar access and natural ventilation, and detailed design guidelines will ensure that homes built on the site make use of these opportunities. The development will cater to Caboolture's diverse and dynamic demographic by providing a range of housing types, including terrace homes, town homes, laneway and loft lots, cottage lots, courtyard lots and traditional family lots.
Northshore is Hamilton's first port of call for living, dining, shopping, and entertainment and is the most significant urban renewal project in Brisbane since Expo 88 and South Bank. Much of the 304 hectare site will be transformed to deliver a vibrant, mixed-use community that pays homage to the site's historic past as Brisbane working wharves.
At its heart, Northshore will include 2.5 kilometres of dedicated riverfront, with a mix of parkland and community space. These spaces will complement the combination of residential, retail and commercial opportunities on site. Over the next 20 years, approximately 15,000 residents are set to call Northshore home. The precinct will also be the employment location for around 15,000 in retail precincts and office parks.
After being devastated by floods in January 2011, the town of Grantham is being redeveloped stronger and prouder. Following extensive community consultation, the Lockyer Valley Regional Council began redeveloping the town on higher ground, with the first homes constructed within 12 months. The overall masterplan includes the creation of 374 new lots, the establishment of parkland and sport and recreation areas, provision for further community infrastructure, development of new showgrounds, and the creation of the Grantham Village Marketplace. EnviroDevelopment certification recognises the significant achievements in Stage 1 of the reconstruction project, which include 90 lots and public open space.
The masterplan has aimed to deliver an environmental benefit through the revegetation of Sandy Creek, the retention of 80 per cent of trees and the use of locally native species in landscaping. Efforts have been made to treat road runoff through water sensitive urban design features including road-side swales and bioretention basins.
The Brisbane City Council Bretts Wharf, Teneriffe and Hawthorne CityCat Ferry Terminals are the first ferry terminals in Australia to earn official recognition through a sustainability rating tool.
Located close to the mouth of the Brisbane River, the terminals are exposed to the corrosive forces of the tide and humid salt-laden air. The materials and design selected maximise durability to increase service life and minimise embodied energy. The terminals also incorporate recycled materials and are designed for deconstruction and eventual material reuse.
The terminals minimise greenhouse gas emissions through improved energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources. LED lighting is used in each terminal, with photosensors to auto-dim lights through the day, and timers to dim lights during non-operating hours. Each terminal has solar arrays and, as in all Brisbane City Council facilities, Brisbane City Council purchases 100 per cent green power for additional energy used.
Eko:bode is a modern eight unit apartment building in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just 100 metres from the new Rapid Transit Line. The building is intended to supply short term affordable accommodation to those requiring temporary affordable housing, or moving to the Gold Coast to find work. The building provides shared communal amenities such as kitchens, laundries and lounges, and ample bicycle parking.
The property aims to be net-zero for both energy and water use. The building has a 7.5 star BERS rating and will include energy efficient lighting and a 6KW solar power system. Two 22,500 litre rainwater tanks will collect all water from the roof and this will be filtered for use as potable water in all basins and showers. Grey water will be collected from showers and laundries for reuse in toilets and for irrigation. The building also uses recycled and renewable materials throughout, and waste will be managed and minimised throughout construction.
Clearview Rise is located 1.5km west of the Roma Town Centre, and will provide 372 homes of a diversity of housing types, including detached and attached dwellings, terraces and traditional homes. The design of the estate has a focus on affordability and universal design principles to meet the changing needs of households over time.
The development provides two hectares of parkland throughout the estate, which include open lawn areas, a skate bowl, barbeque facilities and children's playgrounds. Shaded footpaths extend through the parklands and residential areas to allow for safe and comfortable walking and cycling throughout the development. The landscape design facilitates the formation of social networks and this is further enhanced by a community liaison officer, who acts to link local community groups with the development.
The parklands include bioretention basins to store and treat stormwater, and overflow from these basins will stored underground and used for park irrigation. Design of individual lots also follows Water Sensitive Urban Design principles, with an emphasis on maintaining permeable surfaces and directing run off to these spaces for onsite infiltration.
Solar access and natural ventilation have been considered at both the masterplan and building scale to ensure comfortable indoor temperatures without the need for active heating and cooling. All homes will have energy and water efficient fittings, and builder partners have committed to using 20 percent environmentally responsible materials and non-toxic materials.
Situated only 6 km from the heart of Gladstone and 1 km from Clinton airport, HillClose will deliver 266 home sites, set amidst a 17 hectare master planned community.
Collocated with schools, shopping centres and major employment precincts, HillClose will provide a wide variety of housing from traditional homes to a range of innovative small and medium homes, including terrace and loft homes. The range of homes has been designed to suit the various life stages and lifestyles of the Gladstone community.
Features of the development include the utilisation of existing vegetation and native species of local provenance, site and climatic responsive design and a strong focus on the principles of integrated water cycle management through the provision of drainage basins, swales and bio‐retention systems constructed using permeable materials.
The University of the Sunshine Coast is currently the fastest growing university in the nation with enrolments increasing by approximately 24 percent each year. Since its establishment in 1994, the University has produced 8,000 graduates and provides a significant contribution to the economic, social, cultural and environmental profile of the region.
Nestled against the sensitive estuarine environment of Mooloolah National Park, USC made a commitment to protect and enhance the natural environment right from inception, and is now the first Australian University campus to be fully certified under a green rating.
EnviroDevelopment certification for USC recognises a wide range of initiatives implemented on the campus, including water sensitive urban design features that protect the water quality of the adjacent National Park, a stormwater harvesting system that minimizes potable water use and nutrient discharge, design and orientation of buildings to provide comfortable indoor environments with minimum use of artificial climate control, and a suite of waste management actions.
Coolum Eco Industrial Park was developed by the Property Services Group with Project Management by Projex Queensland, Planning and Design by Cardno and construction by BMD Constructions. The site is located at Quanda Road in Coolum on the western side of the Sunshine Motorway. The site is included within the Core Industry Precinct in the Yandina-Coolum Road Industrial Precinct. Stage 1 holds 32 lots ranging from 5,000 square metres to 1.2 hectares, on a 25 hectare estate adjoining a 34 hectare conservation park. The scale of lot size available in stage one makes them the largest sustainable industrial land parcels available in Queensland and provides an opportunity for industrial businesses who value sustainability to operate from the northern end of the Sunshine Coast.
The estate will become the largest industrial precinct in the northern part of the Sunshine Coast Region. It is anticipated to fulfil demand requirements of the local and regional area of the central Sunshine Coast, as opposed to serving a major enterprise function. It is also expected to serve a localised function with industrial uses primarily comprising light industrial activities as well as commercial activities which serve the immediate surrounding population. The development has been designed to attract big industry on large lots as the local private development industry is providing adequate small / medium lots for micro industrial business.
The $2 billion Sanctuary Cove covers 474 hectares. Established in 1986, Sanctuary Cove incorporates facilities such as two championship golf courses, a marina, a retail precinct with boutique shops and restaurants, a five star Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove hotel, Country Club, Golf Club and 24 hour active land and water security.
To demonstrate Mulpha's commitment to conserving energy, the company has implemented a comprehensive five year plan that involves retrofitting highly efficient water and energy technology including energy efficient lighting within the Village, Marina and Hyatt Regency. The energy efficient lighting has already been rolled out in street lighting, garden and tree lighting and individual tenancies are being encouraged to convert. Infra-red sensors and timers have also been installed at the Hyatt Regency to control lighting in areas of low pedestrian frequency and air-conditioning.
Mulpha has employed a waste management plan where all non-recyclable waste generated on site is transported to J.J. Richard's Ti-Tree Bio Energy facility. This process enables waste generated by Sanctuary Cove to be converted into reusable energy. The development is strongly underpinned by its commitment to social and community elements designed to actively encourage interaction between residents and visitors.
Mackay site is located within the suburb of Andergrove in North Mackay, approximately 5.6km travelling distance north of the Mackay Central Business District and 4.5km north of the Pioneer River.
Development at Andergrove will provide a range of housing choices to cater for the diverse needs of the Mackay community through a mix of densities, types, designs, price points and home ownership and rental options.
A network of pedestrian and bicycle paths will ensure the Andergrove UDA is connected to the surrounding communities and make it easier for people to incorporate physical activity and healthy living into their daily lives.
As well, a significant amount of green space currently on the site will be retained as open space and bushland and will be open for the local community to enjoy.
Fitzgibbon Chase is located on 114 hectares, 12 kilometres from Brisbane's CBD and is developed by the Economic Development Queensland.
Once completed, the entire Fitzgibbon Chase development will contain up to 1,700 homes in a range of styles to suit all household types, as well as parks and 40-hectares of bushland.
EnviroDevelopment certification recognises Fitzgibbon Chase's incorporation of vast open space, energy efficient house design, advanced waste minimisation and recycling strategies, extensive ecological assessment and flora and fauna management strategies.
Completed in 2009, the Mitchell Enviro Industrial Estate includes six industrial factories ranging from 400 sq m to 4,000 sq m. The factories are located around a 4-megalitre dam, which is shaded by native flora and home to a variety of wildlife.
The park includes an in-house sewage and water treatment system, rainwater and surface water capture and reuse, solar power and energy efficiency initiatives. Recycled material has been used whenever possible; the existing three buildings are recycled industrial sheds relocated from other sites and the majority of windows and fully recycled or purchased second hand. Tenants include Anika Products, Yatala Environmental Solutions, Solar Green and Eco-kinetics.
Seaspray is a residential community on Central Queensland's Capricorn Coast committed to creating a relaxed coastal lifestyle whilst at the same time ensuring this environmentally sensitive community and natural surrounds are maintained and preserved.
Surrounded on three sides by National Park, Seaspray includes 400 residential allotments, sites for the development of 200 units, The Rec Club Seaspray, the Donovan Hill designed Seaspray Resort, village with local shops, community arts facility and meeting hall.
Key features include:
• creation of 61 hectares of National Park protecting and enhancing existing native ecosystems, encouraging natural systems and biodiversity including rehabilitation
• establishment of an on-site Nursery where in excess of 20,000 plants/year are propagated using locally collected seeds for street landscaping and parkland
• site specific Design and Building Covenants allowing for individual expression whilst ensuring homes blend with the environment, respond to site contours, and use climate sensitive design principles
• establishment of 'Seaspray Living Homes' and 'Seaspray Design Team' to build homes demonstrating excellence in urban design principles, planning and sustainability
• completion of The Rec Club Seaspray at an early stage of the project to nurture a vibrant community lifestyle with extensive facilities
• implementation of the 'Seaspray Stormwater Management Plan' to improve water efficiency by retaining and developing existing dams to capture and re-use stormwater minimising the use of town water and sediment run-off
Australia's only offshore island golf course and residential community, Pacific Harbour, promises residents a rare combination of lifestyle, water and golf. Situated on the Pumicestone Passage Marine Park, with access to pristine surf beaches, Pacific Harbour is surrounded by national park and reserves.
The $40 million Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club offers residents all the marine and bush lifestyle of the island as well as the security, seclusion, outlook, sport and community of a golf estate.
Designed by Ross Watson, the development incorporates wetlands, watercourses and native vegetation in the environmentally friendly and sustainable design. Irrigation for the golf course will be sourced from feature lakes and the underground water table. The golf course plan also ensures that the irrigation water will run off back into the water table and into the lakes.
Pacific Harbour has won numerous national and state awards for their efforts to create a development that preserves and protects for future generations. The golf course development was named Champion Project in Sustainable Developments by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). All homes will feature underground water tanks and all builders must be Greensmart accredited.
Years in the making, the creation of this unique community offers something inspirational... the chance to live a more natural lifestyle within a vibrant community atmosphere, amidst one of Australia's most liveable cities.
Located just 7 minutes, 7 kilometres from Currumbin Beach yet conveniently set in the Gold Coast's exceptionally beautiful Currumbin Valley, The Ecovillage concept embraces the land, aiming to enhance what is already beautiful... a piece of paradise, where you can have the comforts of contemporary life within the vibrant Gold Coast city yet harvest the many benefits of a world class ecovillage.
More than five years in the planning, Coomera Waters Village and Resort is a true eco residential resort with a host of facilities and property options to suit a wide variety of budgets and lifestyles. Based around a 17 hectare lake, with deep water ocean access from the 70 berth marina, the residential opportunities presented at Coomera Waters are second to none.
Coomera Waters have preserved large spaces of natural vegetation for the preservation of rare and endangered species such as the Spotted Mangrove Mouse. Extensive trails for walking or cycling have been integrated into the development and will be a major facet of the leisure opportunities enjoyed here.