Wellington Shire Council is committed to recognising and advocating for best practice residential development which considers energy efficient and sustainable housing design.
Council encourages everyone to incorporate Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and energy efficiency principles into the design of their new dwellings or additions.
Incorporating these principles at the pre-development stage has a range of different benefits including a reduction in operating costs, a potentially more desirable dwelling which may fetch a higher sale price, and a more comfortable living environment for occupants.
Including Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) and energy efficiency measures in your initial design is a lot easier than trying to retrofit these measures later on.
Dealing with the ‘big picture’ issues during the initial stages of design assists with optimising ESD and energy efficiency outcomes at the development stage. Some of these ‘big picture’ issues include the orientation of the dwelling or renovation, the internal layout, the positioning of windows to capture the northern sun, and incorporating water reuse into housing design.
For additional information regarding ESD and energy efficiency, including benefits of incorporating these into your new dwelling design or renovation, please view the ESD Definitions and Benefits Information Sheet (184KB). A short video is available on YouTube explaining Energy Efficiency at Home. For some basic tips on designing an Environmentally Sustainable and energy efficient dwelling or renovation, please view our ESD General Tips Information Sheet (345KB).
There are a range of Design Assessment Tools to measure environmentally sustainable design and energy efficiency. Some of the most common Tools include:
- BESS (Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard)
- STORM (Stormwater Treatment Objective – Relative Measure)
- NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme)
Please view our ESD Design Assessment Tools Information Sheet (71KB) for further information regarding these Tools. A short video is available on YouTube explaining NatHERS.
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) integrates water cycle management into the built environment (ie. into planning, design and construction).
Often, our waterways are filled with chemicals and pollutants from stormwater, causing them long term harm. WSUD recognises that waterways are an important asset and need to be protected. By incorporating WSUD measures into our developments, we can reduce the negative effects of stormwater on our waterways.
WSUD measures can be implemented at any scale of development, from the single dwelling level to large scale developments and subdivisions. Common types of WSUD include raingardens, porous paving and rainwater tanks.
For further information regarding Water Efficiency and Use, including some additional information about Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), please view our ESD Water Efficiency Information Sheet (274KB).
Incorporating environmentally sustainable and energy efficient design principles into subdivisions is important to ensure ongoing sustainability in Victoria’s towns and communities.
For information regarding Environmentally Sustainable Design, Energy Efficiency and Subdivision, please view our ESD Subdivision Information Sheet (169KB).
The following are some ESD and Energy Efficiency Case Studies:
The Cape at Cape Paterson
The Cape at Cape Paterson is located in Cape Paterson, about 140km south east of Melbourne, approximately 10 minutes from Wonthaggi. The vision of The Cape is to create a benchmark for sustainable living, with dwellings required to achieve a minimum 7.5 star energy rating. For further information on The Cape, please visit The Cape website.
Sustainable House Day
Sustainable House Day encourages members of the public to visit some of Australia’s most sustainable houses. To explore some of these dwellings, please visit the Sustainable House Day website.
For some other examples of best practice sustainable design and construction, please visit the YourHome website.
The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) provides a range of Guidance Sheets on heritage places and environmentally sustainable design.
Building regulations mandate a minimum standard only when it comes to ESD and energy efficiency. All new dwellings (and renovations, alterations and additions of a certain size) are required to achieve a six-star energy rating. This includes incorporating either a solar hot water system or a rainwater tank connected to all sanitary flushing systems.
For more information on Building Regulations, please contact Council.
For some additional information regarding Environmentally Sustainable Design and Energy Efficiency, please see information sheets below:
The information contained on this webpage (and associated information sheets, websites and links) is provided for information and guidance purposes only, and to encourage applicants to consider and discuss ESD and Energy Efficiency in their applications for residential development.