Our commitment to sustainability
At Development Victoria we’re taking action on climate change, with a strong and clear commitment to creating a sustainable future for our staff, the community and all Victorians.
Our aim is to ensure we leave a strong legacy across all our work, through sustainable development and construction and nothing less than best practice.
In 2020, we confirmed this commitment in an overarching sustainability strategy. It consolidates our previous work and sets new goals in line with state statutory policy obligations, industry best practice, and global trends.
Sustainability is a focus for us all with clear accountability for our performance at both an organisational and project level.
It means we are doing everything we can to create a more sustainable future, for us all.
Our sustainability strategy
Our sustainability strategy has been developed to clearly articulate our commitment to sustainability and to deliver real and consistent outcomes.
Our sustainability goals
These goals are critically aligned to our core values - collaboration, innovation and delivery. These define and shape how we work at Development Victoria.
- Deliver best practice
- Carbon neutral by 2030
- Invest in transformation
The targets, approaches, and implementation plans contained in the strategy are the result of six months of organisational investigation, project testing, industry bench-marking, and relationship building both internal and external to our organisation.
Themes covered under this goal include: resilience; circular economy; integrated water cycle; biodiversity; energy and emissions; affordability; healthy living; access to amenity; and, diversity.
At Development Victoria, we’re creating a more sustainable future for all Victorians.
The benefits of water-sensitive urban design
- reducing the volume of stormwater entering waterways to mitigate floods
- improving water quality downstream in rivers and bays by filtering pollutants
- reducing reliance on drinking water to irrigate green spaces
- enhancing the social and environmental amenity of the urban landscape
- improving biodiversity by expanding and diversifying habitats
- decreasing the ‘urban heat island’ effect by increasing irrigation capacity, soil moisture and, green space
- reducing capital and maintenance costs for stormwater systems
- Water sensitive urban design using swales and rain gardens in streetscapes and public reserves
- Regeneration and enhancement of Edgars Creek waterway throughout the development and habitat conservation and enhancement of endangered and protected flora and fauna
- Third (purple) pipe infrastructure, delivering recycled water to all homes and public amenities
- Passive solar design to maximise natural resources and reduce energy consumption in homes
- Solar hot water systems to all homes and solar power infrastructure to parklands
- 4 and 5-star heating, cooling and appliances, and AAA efficient water fixtures to homes
Melbourne Park Redevelopment
- 13.5 per cent reduction in electricity use across Melbourne Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open period as a result of mechanical plant optimisation initiatives;
- approximately 19 million litres of water saved and reused annually through rainwater harvesting and treatment facilities, including a new underground 4.5 megalitre stormwater retention tank; and,
- an emphasis on green spaces across the site, including planting of trees to provide shade, garden beds and grassed areas.
LUMA Sunshine North
Setting a benchmark in sustainable living, every home at LUMA features solar panels and battery storage to help reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills.
LUMA‘s townhouses aim to provide a cost-effective sustainable alternative that optimises solar energy consumption and reduces reliance on inefficient, carbon-intensive power sources such as brown coal.
By using sonnenBatterie in conjunction with an intelligent solar photo-voltaic (PV) system, up to 80% of a typical household’s yearly energy requirement could be self-produced (sonnen.com.au, March 2020). This allows residents to reduce the energy cost to a minimum.
Some of the other benefits of sonnenBatterie system are:
- Power when you need it;
- Reduced grid energy dependency, and,
- Energy storage
When complete Parkville Gardens will include:
- Approximately 1,600 dwellings, of which 20% will be dedicated social housing
- The retention and refurbishment of heritage buildings
- The creation of wetlands and new parklands
Key environmental features to date include:
- Six-star energy ratings for all houses
- Use of plantation timber and recycled building materials
- Rainwater collection and recycling
- Sensor lighting and solar boosted hot water systems
- Planting of 1,000 trees