Our planning services help your project achieve planning approval easier and quicker; saving you time and money.

ESD Consultancy

Planning Stage Services

To get planning approval an increasing number of councils require a project to showcase sustainable design initiatives to ensure the project as future proof and will get through to Development Approval. Leading the way are the CASBE councils in Victoria which account for the majority of councils.

Depending on the size of the project they require a Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) or Sustainable Management Plan (SMP) which among other things, includes minimum score of 50% on the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS). In addition, there are councils that require alternative assessments for instance, Green Star assessments.

We have developed our own Sustainability Statement to drive best practice in all projects. In one meeting we run through multiple different themes and help you decide and showcase the initiatives you are committing to for your development.

Our services include:

• SDA or SMP Report
• BESS Assessment
• Water Sensitive Urban Design Assessment (WSUD);
using either the STORM or MUSIC method
• Preliminary Energy Check (Section J)
• Daylight Assessment
• Thermal Comfort Assessment
• Green Travel Plan (GTP)
• Waste Management Plan (WMP)
• SUHO Sustainability Statement

Custom ESD Advisory

We are very conscious that our sustainability services needs to be adaptable and provide guidance for specific client and project needs. Our custom services are therefore always expanding. Pose us with a challenge and we’d love to come up with a solution!

Our service offering includes:

• Feasibility Sustainability
Workshops (using our inhouse developed Sustainability
Matrix) to assist developers and
landowners to determine most
appropriate design options
• Early stage design feedback and
preliminary energy modeling

Custom services:

• Climate Change Adaptation Plans
• Site and Climate analysis
• CFD modeling
• Shading analysis
• Facade studies/Parametric design
• Daylight studies (Glare, DF, DA)
• Thermal Comfort studies
• Solar PV Sizing
• Energy Audits including formal/
informal NABERS energy
assessment
• Estimating/optimizing energy
consumption of existing buildings

Can you use assistance on your project
in the planning permit stage?

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