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Maroondah building towards a clean, green and sustainable city

14 July 2017

Maroondah City Council is committed to creating an environmentally sustainable city.

A critical component in achieving this is ensuring that the construction and use of its buildings meets high environmental standards.

Council is working towards improving the sustainability throughout the full life cycle of Council buildings, from concept and design, through to decommissioning.

Council has prepared a new draft Environmentally Sustainable Design policy which sets out guidelines and expectations that will apply to new, replacement and renewal of Council buildings and surrounding assets, and is inviting the community to review and share its thoughts on the draft policy document.

Maroondah Councillor, and representative on the Maroondah Environmental Advisory Committee, Marijke Graham, said there were many benefits associated with Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD).

“Not only can ESD elements improve building performance, but they can help to reduce environmental impacts and waste, lower operating costs, and create healthy indoor and outdoor environments for people who use the buildings,” Cr Graham said.

Council currently has a significant portfolio of community building assets.

“Buildings can have a life span of over 50 years and can have a significant environmental impact. But incorporating the basic principles of ESD can result in buildings which are integrated into their surrounding environment and cheaper to run,” Cr Graham said.

In 2008, Council set a corporate goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2020. Strategies to achieve this goal include reducing energy use through sustainable design for new buildings, and incorporating ‘green’ technologies and approaches to existing buildings.

Sustainability and environmental protection are also key strategic objectives in Council’s broader vision of becoming a clean, green and sustainable community by 2040.

Implementation of Maroondah Council’s draft Environmentally Sustainable Design policy and guidelines will not only reduce environmental impacts but contribute to improved asset management, greenhouse gas reductions and long-term financial savings.

Find out more on draft Environmentally Sustainable Design policy and guidelines page or call 1300 88 22 33.

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