Creating Sustainable Developments for Canberra
The LDA works to ensure that sustainability is a key consideration in all developments. The LDA focuses on economic, social and environmental sustainability.
More information about the LDA’s sustainability achievements is available here: Creating Sustainable Developments for Canberra (PDF 5.4MB)
Landscape and biodiversity protection
The LDA considers landscape and biodiversity protection through all phases of a development so that it can preserve or enhance the environment of a new suburb. For example, over 3,500 trees have been planted in LDA estates since mid 2011 and the LDA provided $2 million to the Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust to manage conservation areas adjacent to LDA developments.
The LDA has also collaborated with Greening Australia to produce the Molonglo Valley Local Native Plant Guide.
Lower energy and emissions
The LDA has a number of strategies to help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in our estates including rebates and incentives and laying out streets and blocks to achieve appropriate orientation for solar access to all homes.
Protecting creeks and rivers
To minimise the impact of urban areas on local waterways, the LDA revegetates degraded areas, controls sediment and erosion and implements water sensitive urban design (WSUD) in new developments. For example innovative technologies such as Stratacell™ and Hydrocon™ have been used at the Amaroo Group Centre, Coombs and Campbell 5.
Reducing waste and materials
Wherever possible the LDA attempts to reduce waste in estates, for example by using recycled or re-used materials. Another example is the Smart Waste and Recycling Solar Bin Systems that are installed at Wright, Campbell 5 and Kingston Foreshore, which the LDA has financed and worked in partnership with the Territory and Municipal Services Directorate. The Solar Bin Systems are powered by solar and use smart technology to provide real-time alerts and status reports to improve waste collection by monitoring bin capacity and reducing frequency of pickup required.
The LDA seeks to achieve design excellence in all developments through design guidelines for developers and a range of design review processes including a Design Review Panel.
The LDA designs new developments to make it easier for people to walk or ride their bikes with pedestrian and cycle networks that connect open spaces and key locations such as schools and shops.
The LDA has developed Living Options: Designs for Cost Effective Living (PDF 8.8MB) to inform industry and the community of potential housing typologies for smaller blocks. Providing a range of options will help to reduce upfront design costs for builders and purchasers. The options in this guide demonstrate a range of designs that are both functional and attractive, whilst also maximising efficiency and leading to reduced ongoing living costs.
Each year, the LDA reports on sustainability in LDA projects through the Annual Report. Indicators have been selected to cover environmental, social and economic sustainability throughout the land development process. These are grouped by theme and separated by different phases of the process. The LDA’s Annual Reports are here: http://www.lda.act.gov.au/en/publications-and-reports
Green Star – Communities
The LDA is a sponsor of the new Green Star – Communities rating tool developed by the Green Building Council of Australia.
Green Star – Communities is a voluntary scheme which provides best practice benchmarks and third party verification of the sustainability of community and precinct wide developments. The LDA is piloting this tool in West Belconnen.
The LDA has achieved EnviroDevelopment accreditation for Wright and Coombs in the categories of energy, waste, community and ecosystems from the Urban Development Institute of Australia. The EnviroDevelopment program recognises the most sustainable developments in Australia.
ACTSmart Business and Office Accreditation
In 2014 the LDA was reaccredited under the ACTSmart Business and Office Recycling Program. This program recognises businesses that have put more effective recycling and waste management in place.
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