Green precinct rating tools

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Martin Williams
Energy & Sustainability Services, Australia
Telstra Account

Rating tools are continuing to evolving from their focus on offices and homes to other building uses and recently groupings of buildings.  This reflects a desire of owners and developers to be able to simply communicate the wider sustainability benefits of precinct or larger developments.  The tools below have been developed in Australia and internationally to rate a development or simply to help stakeholders understand what best practice looks like.  A challenge in Australia is to consolidate these schemes over time.

–  The Green Building Council of Australia has been developing a version of its Green Star rating tool for Communities.  It has developed five categories being Livability, Economic, Environment, Design and Leadership & Governance.  These categories represent a significant step beyond the typical environment focused Green Star categories.  Input to the tool is presently being sought and a  PILOT rating tool is to be released for testing in late 2011 or early 2012.

–  The U.S. Green Building Council released LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System as a pilot in 2007.  It integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building across the categories of Smart Location and Linkage (SLL);  Neighborhood Pattern and Design (NPD);  Green Infrastructure and Buildings (GIB);  Innovation and Design Process (IDP);  Regional Priority Credit (RPC)

–  Landcom a state development agency in Australia released in 2010 a new planning tool that analyses the potential sustainability performance of new development projects. PRECINX™ is a mathematical modeling tool which measures the potential sustainability of neighbourhood-scale developments, against key environmental, social and economic performance. It comprises six interdependent modules: Onsite energy ; Embodied CO2 ; Potable water ; Stormwater ; Housing diversity ; Transport.

–  EnviroDevelopment is a tool developed by the Urban Development Institute of Australia to rate medium to low density development projects and commenced in 2006.  It’s categories are ecosystems, waste, water, energy, materials and community.

–  Sustainable Community Rating tool has developed in 2008  by VicUrban a state development agency.  It aims to provide developers of new communities with a common language and framework to assist them in the planning and delivery of sustainable communities.  It is based on five interrelated objectives Community Well-being; Housing Affordability; Commercial Success; Urban Design Excellence; Environmental Leadership.

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