Sustainable design for large-scale developments

We use sustainable management plans to determine where environmentally sustainable design has been carefully considered and planned in your large-scale development.

Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) information can help you work out whether your development is medium or large-scale.

The plan must:

  • demonstrate how the 10 key sustainable design categories have been addressed
  • identify relevant sustainability targets and performance standards
  • document how targets and performance standards will be achieved.

You will need...

  1. A sustainable management plan that is based on:
  2. An assessment of your development using tools such as BESS, GreenStar, MUSIC and STORM (or equivalent).
  3. Plans that demonstrate every environmentally sustainable design element mentioned in the sustainable management plan.

For large-scale developments, you must engage a qualified sustainability professional to help with the paperwork.


Best time to submit your plan

You should submit your sustainable design assessment with your planning permit documents.


Advice for completing the paperwork

Always use very clear and definite language when describing the sustainability elements of the design. For example:

  • You should say ‘all lighting in dwellings will be energy efficient LED lighting’.
  • Don’t say ‘energy efficient light fittings will be used where practical’.




Page last updated: Wednesday, 13 November 2019

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