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Sustainability Management Plan
An ESD Report, which is basically a deeper version of the Sustainable Design Assessment, with the same set of objectives, is known as an ESD Management Plan (ESDMP). It is popularly known as the Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) by some councils.
SMP report identifies the most beneficial and best practice ESD initiatives within the built environment for each project, which are easy to implement. All the large-scale development projects ensure an increase in the level of environmental benefits, accompanied by major resource savings. Thus, it is always advised to involve a Sustainability Consultant at early stages of the design for creating an SMP report. Typically, projects that comprised of 10 or more residential dwellings or more than 1000m2 of Non-Residential Gross Floor Area (GFA), should adapt ESD requirements through SMP reports.
Sustainable Design Assessments (SDA)
Many Victorian Councils require MP/ESDMP for projects that involve the development of residential areas and commercial areas of smaller size than that of addressed by SMP. Typically, projects that comprised of less than 10 residential dwellings or between 500-1000m2 of Non-Residential Gross Floor Area (GFA), should adopt ESD requirements through SDA reports.
Sustainable Design Assessments basically involve assessment of the projects along with further environmentally sustainable design improvements during planning stages. The basic idea is to prepare a comprehensive report highlighting all the features of the sustainability and the benefits of the development plan.
Green Star Benchmarking Assessments
Green Star tool assesses everything from the basic design and construction to the final operation of buildings and communities. Implementing Green Star tools, Green Analytics creates comprehensive sustainability management plans (SMP) which not only helps your projects save money but also ensures a healthy place for people and builds a better and bright future for occupants.
Whenever it comes to Environmentally Sustainability Assessments, BESS is known to be the key assessment tool in this field. Depending upon the scale and complexity of the development, BESS is recognised as one of the most effective and recommended tools for ESD assessments during town planning stages.
Following is the list of Victorian Councils that require sustainability assessment in the planning process:
- Banyule City Council
- City of Bayside
- Boroondara City Council
- Brimbank City Council
- Cardinia Shore Council
- Casey City Council
- Colac Otway Shire Council
- Darebin City Council
- City of Greater Dandenong
- Frankston City Council
- Glen Eira City Council
- Hobsons Bay City Council
- Hume City Council
- City of Kingston
- Knox City Council
- Manningham City Council
- Maribyrnong City Council
- Maroondah City Council
- City of Melbourne
- Moonee Valley City Council
- Moreland City Council
- Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
- Nillumbik Shire Council
- City of Port Phillip
- City of Stonnington
- Surfcoast Shire Council
- City of Whitehorse
- City of Whittlesea
- Wyndham City Council
- City of Yarra
Water Sensitive Urban Design Assessments (WSUD)
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) or Stormwater Management assessments are the primary requirement for each development taken up by Green Analytics. WSUD is basically one of the key components of sustainable infrastructure and building development. In fact, WSUD assessments are now mandatory by the councils as a part of the town planning application documents.
Lately, a number of councils including Bayside, Yarra, Stonnington, Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Port Phillip have amended their schemes to include Water Sensitive Urban Design Clauses in their scheme for panning; thus, strengthening their commitment to improved Storwater quality. At Green Analytics, we analyse, consult, and report the best Stormwater Management solution to satisfy the compliance and to ensure the best practice for more detailed council Stormwater requirements.
For the purpose of WSUD assessment, we review the following:
- Proposed development impervious area site coverage
- Opportunities for direct ground infiltration (site permeability)
- The most cost effective solution to achieve the compliant 100% STORM Rating
Green Travel Plans (GTP)
Offering incentives to the users and occupants of buildings for shifting away from single occupancy car use for the journey to and from their workplace, home or other locations is the main objective of GTP. A GTP is typically required by some councils for large residential developments of 10+ dwellings and for commercial (non-residential) developments of more than 1000 m2 floor area. Depending on your council’s requirement, Green Analytics can incorporate a Green Travel Plan into our ESD report or can provide you with the GTP as a standalone report to ensure that all of the council’s requirements are met, and integrated into the design.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Life Cycle Assessment is a methodology to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling. Green Analytics’ LCA report provides information to the building professionals to better understand the energy usage and various other environmental effects of building components over the entire life cycle of a building. Life Cycle Assessments are gaining wide popularity amongst national and international authorities for the formulation of environmental regulations.
The main benefits derived from this evaluation process are that it helps the building officials and designers to make informed decisions whilst designing. It also attempts to inspire the use of innovative techniques which the manufacturers can use for the improvement of efficiency and quality of their products.
Some Councils including the City of Melbourne, the City of Port Phillip, the City of Stonnington, Moreland City Council and Bayside City Council, are now requesting for daylight modelling and analysis as part of the required documents for planning application. Daylight assessments are typically required for all the habitable rooms or for all the rooms adjacent to the light courts. Green Analytics will collaborate effectively with project teams to maximise the daylight access and to demonstrate compliant daylight solution during the Town Planning process.
Thermal Comfort Modeling
One of the major problems that building designers face is that their designs are sometimes unable to meet the expected comfort level. This usually happens due to not taking parameters such as external temperature and humidity, wind speed, the Sun path and accurate occupancy levels into account which can be summarised as: isolating the design assessment from the impact of actual environmental parameters. Green Analytics solves this problem by Thermal Comfort Modelling to accurately account for all independent variables during the Design Development stage. Thermal Comfort Modelling ensures the improved thermal comfort of the occupants and offers significant savings through less energy consumption during building operation.
Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations
CFD simulation can be defined as a process which uses the knowledge of applied mathematics, physics and computational software to visualise how gas or liquid flows and also the effect of the flow of gas and liquids on objects as they flow past them. This model is based on Navier-Strokes equations which describe how the velocity, temperature, pressure, and density of moving fluid are related to each other. Green Analytics is capable of performing complex CFD simulations to ensure the design meets the project objectives while being compliant with relevant building Codes and Standards.