A sustainable sub-division can be practical, profitable, financially viable, and quick to build, when compared with a conventional unsustainable subdivision. It’s called sustainable village living.

A sustainable village is designed to achieve the highest levels of ecological and environmental sustainability with a holistic approach to the basic site selection, sub-division planning and construction, through to the requirements of the built environment.

A sustainable sub-division is independent of council’s water, sewerage and road systems, recycle all water for reuse on site, generate most of its own energy and make major contributions to its residents’ food needs.

Each building cluster shares its own small community space, and those clusters in turn are loosely arranged around a large central common open space, with shared amenities and facilities close by.

The design guidelines of a sustainable village incorporating building clusters, will ensure that the overall vision and objectives are achieved: that all homes are energy efficient, safe and comfortable; that residents’ investment and quality of life are protected; and that a physically and socially cohesive community will flourish.

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In Australia, on the mid north coast of NSW, (south of Port Macquarie) a demonstration site has achieved full council approvals and building will shortly commence. It is a 30 acres semi-rural site with 66 dwellings demonstrating environmental, architectural, social and economic sustainability while addressing key issues of water, energy, food, transport and community well-being. The Chimneys – a sustainable village.