Delivering Sustainable Communities

Discussion of the sustainability of urban development often focuses on the individual building. While the performance of individual buildings is undoubtedly vital to achieving greater efficiency in energy and water use, it is also important to consider the broader context in which these buildings sit and how they are used.

Despite sustainability at the building scale gaining greater acceptance, sustainable precincts or neighbourhoods are still largely non-existent in the Australian context. Our current building and planning regulatory environment fails to adequately require the consideration of sustainability in urban development, and the development industry appears largely intent on continuing the traditional model of greenfield, low density, car based development.

However a greater focus on how communities function, and the impact urban development can have on this, has huge potential in energy, transport, waste and water efficiency, as well as addressing social issues of isolation, access to essential services and support and community resilience. In addition to this, a strong business case is also building for why private developers should take a lead role in this.

This presentation will explore how viable precinct development can work to address both environmental and social issues, discussing a number of leading European examples as well as local initiatives. It will also explore business model innovations and delivery strategies that have the potential to increase the uptake of sustainable precinct projects across Australia.

Peter Steele, Coordinator – Urban Development, Moreland Energy Foundation

Healthy Cities: 4th Making Cities Liveable Conference
Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th July 2011
The Outrigger Little Hastings Street Resort & Spa NOOSA, Queensland


One response to “Delivering Sustainable Communities

  1. One of the biggest challenges is bringing a whole of government approach to bear on these issues. Ad-hoc decision-making and silos in funding and policy work against holistic approaches. Just as quality and safety outcomes in health care have improved through stronger community engagement, urban design and development has much to gain from the body of work around collaborative, community place-making.The Opportunities for Carlton project is working hard across government agencies and the community to pilot community strengthening and engagement in the redevelopment of the Carlton housing estates, the biggest renewal project in Victoria
    Melanie Raymond
    Opportunities for Carlton

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