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Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) in Planning

There is a strong demand for more sustainable apartments with energy efficiency rated 5th out of 14 criteria in the Victorian Government’s Better Apartments consultation[i]. Other top categories include Daylight, Natural Ventilation, Noise and Sunlight which are all components of Internal Environmental Quality addressed by ESD planning policies. Late in 2015 six Melbourne councils amended[…]

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Victorian Apartment Design Standards

“More than three-quarters of new one-bedroom apartments built across the state are 50 square metres or less, which means they probably would have been illegal in Sydney, London and Adelaide” [i]. In July 2014, a draft of the proposed Victoria Apartment Design Standards (VADS) was leaked prompting heated debate amongst the planning, architecture and property[…]