PHILOSOPHY it’s E.A.S.Y. being green

Environmental, Architectural, Social, Yield 

We have the ability to be sustainable in all areas of home building and living. It really is EASY when motivation and understanding are the prime motivators.

A sustainable village is a demonstration that a well-planned sustainable development can be practical, profitable, financially viable, and quick to build, when compared with a conventional unsustainable subdivision. To create buildings and spaces which are user-friendly and easy to build using local materials and tradespeople, are compatible with each other and with the locality, and cause least damage to the environment.

Each lot in a Village will be planned with a building zone which establishes the area within which the building footprint should be located, an amenity zone which suggests the area of the lot which can be allocated for outdoor living and recreation, and a productive zone which can be developed for vegetable and herb garden and fruit trees. Building is not allowed in amenity zones or productive zones.

The zone plans are incorporated in the development control plan, and are to be used as a guide to lot planning and dwelling location and layout. They have been developed to avoid things such as overshadowing from neighbouring dwellings, to make it easier to plan for good passive solar design as well as visual and acoustic privacy, to facilitate access, and to design homes to maximise views and the features of each house block.  Buildings will be comfortable in summer and in winter, without the need for air conditioning, functional in their design and appropriate to their local setting.

Homes, work places and buildings in a sustainable village will follow current best practice for sustainable building techniques and use of materials. In many instances the building process will excel and set new world standards.

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The materials prescribed will be selected for their sustainable qualities so as to achieve maximum durability and performance; to achieve easy and fast construction; to avoid incorporating materials which have very high embodied energy; to avoid materials which have embodied toxic elements; to avoid materials which require high maintenance; and to achieve a cohesive development. Applied external finishes to large wall areas are to be avoided; materials should be left and expressed with their natural colours and textures.

Similar considerations apply to design elements throughout the a sustainable village development including community seating, letter boxes, lighting, signs and graphics and community facilities.

The scale, form, colour and texture of the buildings which make up the Village will establish its identity, its character, its “sense of place”, and its attractiveness as a place to live and, in some cases, work. It is essential that these physical characteristics are also appropriate to the locality and responsive to the climate.  Implementation of the design guidelines will help ensure that the outcomes achieve the objectives as well as protect the living environment and the long-term investment of residents.