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Draft ESD Policy and Guidelines for Council Buildings

Council has developed a draft Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) Policy for Council Buildings and draft ESD Policy Guidelines for Council Buildings. These documents will provide a standard and process to incorporate ESD in Council building projects to reduce environmental impacts, improve amenity and reduce operating costs.

Draft ESD Policy for Council Buildings

icon Draft ESD Policy for Council Buildings (PDF, 515 Kb)

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Draft ESD Policy Guidelines for Council Buildings

icon Draft ESD Policy Guidelines for Council Buildings (PDF, 942 Kb)

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Frequently asked questions

  1. What is Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD)?
    ESD is building design that aims to reduce environmental impacts, resource use and waste and create healthy indoor and outdoor environments. It also aims to improve building performance and reduce operational costs.
  2. What do the policy and guidelines apply to?
    The Policy and Guidelines apply to new builds, renovations and additions to Council buildings and surrounding assets. Council manages these buildings on behalf of the community to provide a broad range of services.

    Surrounding assets include carparks, paths and open space that can be impacted by and/or contribute to a building project.
  3. Why are the ESD Policy and Guidelines needed?
    The ESD Policy and Guidelines seek to provide a clear process and standard for Council to include ESD in building projects. This will help Council with project planning and be used to communicate Council’s aims with those involved in building projects and the community.

    Buildings typically have a long life and designing in sustainability can have significant benefits. This include less greenhouse gas emissions created from energy used in buildings, less potable water use, less polluted stormwater entering our creeks and healthier indoor and outdoor environments.

    The Policy and Guidelines aim to provide a framework to identify the environmental impacts of a project and how best practice ESD can be achieved.
  4. What sustainability categories are included?
    There are 8 sustainability categories that the Policy and Guidelines address. These are climate change risks, energy, management and governance, materials, sustainable transport, urban ecology, waste and water and stormwater.
  5. What are the next steps?
    Council will consider all submissions received through the public exhibition process. This will be followed by the ESD Policy and Guidelines being presented to Council for formal consideration.


We welcome your feedback on these documents, which can be viewed online below or at any of Council’s Service Centres:

  • Ringwood Service Centre, Braeside Avenue, Ringwood
  • Croydon Service Centre, Civic Square, Croydon
  • Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood
  • Croydon Library, Civic Square, Croydon

If you would like to make a formal submission, please use the Public Submission Form below and send it to us:

  • By email to: maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au
  • Posted to: Chief Executive Officer, Maroondah City Council, PO Box 156, Ringwood 3134
  • Or dropped off in person: delivered to a Council Service Centre

icon Public Submission Form (Docx, 30 Kb)

Public Submission Forms are also available from any of Council’s Service Centres.

Formal written submissions must be received by 5pm, Tuesday 1 August 2017.

Further information

For more information, please see the frequently asked questions or contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 or 9298 4598.

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