Sustainability—in all its forms—has been an all-encompassing focus for Neighbourhood, influencing site selection at the outset, and virtually every decision thereafter: from maximising thermal and energy efficiency to waste minimisation; responsible sourcing of materials, to the conservation of natural resources; the creation of tranquil spaces for private enjoyment, to the integration of public spaces that encourage social interaction

Neighbourhood will be fossil fuel free and carbon neutral in operation.  

The result is an inspired residential setting that treads gently on the planet, and supports every Neighbourhood resident in their quest to do the same; that incorporates thoughtful design and landscape gestures to encourage spontaneous exchanges and foster human connection; that together, provide a catalyst for bringing a like-minded community together, to thrive.

The desire to build community is as fundamental to the design of Neighbourhood as the need to build sustainably. Achieving this meant dividing the site into four separate buildings, with four individual communities, each scaled to a size where it was possible for each resident to know everyone else in their building.

Connections within and between the four communities are encouraged through a series of highly considered architectural and landscape features, including the sublime central courtyard, rooftop garden, open air breezeways and the many subtle design touches thoughtfully positioned to prompt spontaneous social exchanges.

Equally significant for the Neighbourhood community will be the biophilic effects of its formal green spaces, and indeed, the plantings and vegetation integrated across the precinct’s facades and circulation spaces. Experienced or observed, the layered beauty of this nature rich environment will encourage the health and wellbeing of all, each and every day.

A GREEN FIRST APPROACH

An extensive range of initiatives ensures Neighbourhood reflects Best Practice Environmentally Sustainable Design as assessed by the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS), which considers energy and water efficiency, thermal comfort, and overall environmental sustainability performance.

(1) Lower energy costs

An extensive range of initiatives ensures Neighbourhood reflects Best Practice Environmentally Sustainable Design as assessed by the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS), which considers energy and water efficiency, thermal comfort, and overall environmental sustainability performance.

(2) 100% renewable energy

Neighbourhood will source all its off-site energy from certified renewable sources via the precinct’s embedded electricity network. A 30kW rooftop solar photovoltaic array will supply power directly to communal areas and select apartments. There will be no on-site combustion of fossil fuels.

(3) Smart Meters

Smart meters will enable residents to monitor and manage their electricity and water usage closely. High efficiency electrical appliances and LED lighting are used throughout, and each residence is fitted with an energy saving ‘kill’ switch.

(4) Passive solar design

Deep eaves, external blinds, double-glazing throughout and other passive solar design initiatives help maintain comfortable temperatures within apartments. Vegetated deciduous facades provide additional solar shading, while also enhancing privacy.

(5) Cross flow ventilation

Apartment design maximises cross flow ventilation opportunities to help maintain comfortable internal temperatures. Openable windows in bedrooms and living areas further enhance airflow on warmer days. Ceiling fans and high efficiency air conditioning are optional, and available to selected dwellings.

(6) Heat island effect mitigation

Urban heat island effect is mitigated through the incorporation of landscape, trees, cool roof surfaces and vegetation around the precinct.

(7) Responsible material selection

Raw, locally supplied, recycled and/or reclaimed finishes predominate the precinct’s material palette. All new timbers must be either Forest Stewardship Council or Australian Forestry Standard certified, recycled bricks must be used where possible and all concrete must contain recycled content.

(8) Limiting VOCs and other airborne pollutants

Reducing the use of harmful VOCs in glues, sealants and paints, and providing protection from dust and other external airborne pollutants helps ensure every apartment and townhouse is a healthy home.

(9) Reduced maintenance requirements

Intelligent design avoids over engineering resulting in a sustainable outcome that provides for simple maintenance over time.