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Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment

CASBE logoThe 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.

CASBE provides a forum:

  • for the exchange of information, innovation and best practice in Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) to effectively represent and advocate the collective views of the member councils
  • for strengthening partnerships between member councils, relevant agencies and industry
  • to provide leadership in ESD policy and practice.

CASBE’s focus is on applying Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) principles to the built environment through the statutory planning system. This coordinated program of formal and consistent measures is called the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) framework.

While CASBE's role is primarily related to the SDAPP framework, the alliance also helps councils incorporate ecologically sustainable development into council-managed buildings and capital works projects.

CASBE member councils include: Banyule City Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Darebin City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Hume City Council, Kingston City Council, Knox City Council, Manningham City Council, Maribrynong City Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Moreland City Council, Port Phillip City Council, Stonnington City Council, Whitehorse City Council, Whittlesea City Council, Wyndham City Council, Yarra City Council.

CASBE operates under the auspices of the Municipal Association of Victoria.

For information on being part of the CASBE Network or becoming a member of CASBE, contact the CASBE Executive Officer on

BESS logoBuilt Environment Sustainability Scorecard

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) is an assessment tool created by local governments in Victoria. BESS helps building professionals and developers demonstrate how a proposed development addresses sustainable design at the planning permit stage.

The BESS tool covers key elements that form good liveability and design practice. It supports councils with developing a productive, sustainable and resilient community.

BESS is designed to support the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) framework. BESS replaces two tools that have been used for the past decade. These are:

  • STEPS, originally developed by Moreland City Council to assess residential buildings
  • Sustainable Design Scorecard (SDS), originally developed by the City of Port Phillip to assess non-residential buildings.

STEPS and SDS will be retired from use at the end of August 2016. Developers may use any tool of their choice to complete an ESD assessment for a planning permit application however it is recommended that all new applications use BESS.

CASBE on Yammer

The CASBE Group on Yammer is a forum for council officers to share ideas and collaborate. Please contact the CASBE Executive Officer if you wish to be part of this online discussion group -

Further information

For further information about CASBE, contact:

Natasha Palich
CASBE Executive Officer

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