The following developments have been certified as EnviroDevelopments in New South Wales:
- Wirraway (DHA)
- The Grove at Vista Park (Sheargold)
- Crimson Hill (DHA)
- AE2 (DHA)
- The Ridge at Vista Park (Sheargold)
- Mebbin Springs (Sustainable Developments)
Developed by Defence Housing Australia (DHA), Wirraway draws inspiration from its natural surrounds to create a natural, liveable community that promotes sustainable living, healthy lifestyles and social interaction.
Spread across 58ha, Wirraway will one day be home to more than 500 families. With 16.8ha dedicated to open spaces, each home will be within 400m of a park. DHA has committed to using recycled materials and reducing waste, including utilising materials with low volatile organic compounds to improve indoor air quality.
Each DHA home will have a minimum 6-star energy efficiency rating, feature solar panels and a 3,000L rainwater tank, which will help reduce the environmental impact and cost of living for residents. Homes have been designed to meet 'silver level' Liveable Housing Design Guidelines, which means they will meet the changing needs of occupants across their lifetime, from young families, people with a disability or ageing residents.
The Wirraway masterplan also incorporates rejuvenation of the natural wetlands to provide a haven for native flora and fauna.
'The Grove', which will provide for over 120 homes, features a 2 ha local park that will include natural play areas with interactive sculptures, a large area for informal active sports and opportunities to enjoy the surrounds of the magnificent heritage listed fig tree. The design of the subdivision itself allows connectivity from the site to the surrounding recreational and commercial areas with foot paths and bike tracks. Site specific Design Guidelines will guide future land owners to implement sustainable building measures, such as water and energy efficient fittings and fixtures.
Crimson Hill is a new masterplanned community developed by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) situated 14 kilometres north of Sydney in the suburb of Lindfield. The 11.35 hectare site is surrounded to the east and west by the Lane Cove National Park and to the north by low density residential properties. The development will be a mix of residential homes, contemporary apartments and some open land lots, all designed with a unique focus on environmental sustainability, embracing the surrounding bushland and its benefit to the occupants.
Crimson Hill is uniquely positioned around the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Ku-ring-gai campus, addressing the heritage significance of the campus and the way in which buildings are to be integrated with surrounding bushland. With a clear project vision of maintaining the integrity of the existing architecture, natural landform, indigenous plants and rock outcrops, the design has built upon the original design vision for the site, keeping with the principle of a compact arrangement of buildings that sits amongst the natural bushland.
AE2 is the first Defence Housing Australia (DHA) project to achieve EnviroDevelopment certification. Located 5km east of Parramatta CBD and 15km west of Sydney CBD in the suburb of Ermington, AE2 provides 210 attached and detached dwellings, as well as 6 apartment lots over a 21.3ha site.
Situated on the Parramatta River, development of AE2 will include improvements to the local foreshore, a cycleway and new surrounding parks, and will provide its 700 residents with river-front living and expansive views of Millennium Park and the 2000 Olympic Games facilities skyline.
Each individual dwelling at AE2 will incorporate a 2000L rainwater tank for toilet, washing machine and irrigation purposes, while upper levels on all double storey dwellings will utilise light weight materials to reduce the embodied energy of the external fabric, ultimately reducing water and energy costs for its residents.
Perhaps the most exclusive offering at Vista Park, 'The Ridge' will comprise only 70 lots, all over 2000 sqm in size with scenic views of the escarpment and surrounds. This area will have a semi-rural character, honouring the site's dairy and agricultural history, the native bushland in the area and the broad vistas available throughout. Creek rehabilitation and revegetation works were carried out along the main watercourse, creating public open space and bike paths to be enjoyed by residents.
Seaside is located at the heart of the popular $4 billion New Tweed Coast residential and resort strip, located just 15 minutes south of Gold Coast Airport and within easy driving distance of Brisbane and Byron Bay.
The $750 million development will comprise a village centre and retail precinct, tourist accommodation, home sites and medium density homes and apartments for an ultimate population of up to 2,000 people.
To help preserve the local ecosystem, Seaside is undertaking one of the most extensive landscaping projects in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, with 55,000 native trees planted across the site, and another 20,000 still to be planted over the coming months.
All homes at Seaside will be designed to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 55 per cent compared to the average using eco-features like rainwater tanks and clean-burning Kleenheat liquid petroleum gas for heating and electricity.