||Respect the natural environment
OBJECTIVE — Create
and establish a built form and city layout that minimises resource
consumption, including water and energy use
Plan will result in an urban structure that encourages more sustainable
energy use through the reduced need for private vehicle travel
and through residential and commercial development that will reduce
the resource requirements per capita.
- Future urban settlements and urban renewal
areas will be located to minimise journey times and hence energy
use related to travel.
- All new residential development will
meet a five star energy efficiency rating consistent with
- New commercial development will be energy
- Further investigation into the following
issues will be undertaken in association with the Commonwealth
and State Governments:
- building type and energy use, including embodied energy;
- energy use in travel.
- Subsequently, a system
will be established to raise the minimum sustainability performance
of buildings (for example, requiring energy and water saving
features and stormwater runoff reduction). The system, which
will be enforced through statutory quantitative requirements,
will assist commercial and residential developers and home
owners to provide more sustainable housing and commercial premises.
It is likely to include rewards for those providing the highest
levels of sustainable development.
- Working with the Australian
Building Codes Board, further investigate the introduction
of Green Star — the energy
efficiency rating methodology developed by the Green Building
Council of Australia for commercial and multi-storey residential
- Support the use of renewable energy.
- Minimise non-renewable energy use
and associated greenhouse gas emissions and costs to
- The annual per capita energy usage of non-renewable
- The proportion of renewable energy use compared
with non-renewable energy use.
- The proportion of commercial
buildings with a higher than average rating for energy efficiency
(such as Green Star).