Elevating Sustainable Design - cutting housing emissions

At the City of Ballarat Council meeting on Wednesday, councillors unanimously endorsed the second stage of the  Elevating Environmentally Sustainable Design Project in which City IMG 0232of Ballarat is collaborating with 30 other Victorian councils.

BREAZE Inc. Board member, Sally Missing made a submission to Council in support of the recommendation by Senior Strategic Planner, Ed Riley, who has been driving the project for the City of Ballarat. Sally is heading up a sub-committee planning an ESD Forum for later this year, to spread the word about how we can reduce emissions across the housing sector 

"We note the resounding endorsement of the Australian community at the recent Federal election for the pursuit of a strategic government response to climate change. We are heartened by the commitment of Ballarat City Council to responding to climate change and the actions taken to date.  This submission by BREAZE Inc. is in support of the Elevating Environmentally Sustainable Design Project with its’ key objective of net zero operational carbon output of new buildings.  

The project, through its broad focus on: operational energy and the embedded carbon of new homes, sustainable transport, integrated water management, green infrastructure, indoor environmental quality, waste and resource recovery takes a broad and strategic approach to the design of new homes and communities.

We welcome the wide range of strategies identified including the design of building orientation to be energy efficient, for residential developments to achieve an average 7 star rating, for at least 40% green cover of a total site area, the retention of mature canopy trees, the prioritisation of active transport and the design of new buildings to be all electric.

BREAZE Inc. has a particular interest in ensuring that new housing is built to improved standards, which will not only lead to as an ongoing reduction in our community carbon footprint, but also reduce the significant costs of heating and cooling new homes and ensure an improved degree of comfort and liveability.  We support the recommendations of the report and look forward with great interest to the implementation of phase 2 of the project."