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Sustainable buildings

Through the planning and building approvals process, councils can play a role in improving the sustainability of buildings.

Role of local government

Local government plays an important role in sustainability through established leadership, its role as planning authority and its close connection to the community.

The Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) is an association of Victorian councils committed to the creation of a sustainable built environment within and beyond their municipalities. The alliance operates under the auspices of the Municipal Association of Victoria.

Councils can, and are, applying a range of tools from the Victorian Planning Provisions to deliver environmental outcomes.

Councils are increasingly introducing energy and water conservation measures into their own operations, capital works programs, council buildings and services. In addition councils have significant influence over the building sector through planning policy approvals as well as the construction and management of council facilities.

The SDAPP framework

The Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) framework has been developed by Victorian councils over the past decade, providing a streamlined and consistent methodology for requesting built environment sustainability outcomes through the planning process.

By implementing the SDAPP framework and using its tools, councils can achieve more sustainable outcomes from their local built environment for the long-term benefit of their community.

The SDAPP framework:

  • Recognises the role of local governments as a statutory authority for planning matters
  • Provides a framework for consideration of sustainable design elements of planning applications
  • Offers a consistent method for identifying opportunities for improved environmental building performance
  • Ensures that sustainability is considered at the very early design phase – the best time to maximise opportunities for good orientation and other initiatives that create liveable, comfortable, efficient buildings.

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) is the recommended tool under SDAPP.

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Further information

For further information about MAV Planning and Building Policy, contact:

Gareth Hately
Manager, Planning and Building Infrastructure
03 9667 5596

For further information about CASBE or the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process, contact:

Natasha Palich
CASBE Executive Officer