THE Bushmead development recently received a six-leaf certification in the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s EnviroDevelopment program.
Developer Cedar Woods is creating a 600-lot urban development with a 185ha conservation area on the former Bushmead Rifle Range.
EnviroDevelopment assessment scheme independently reviews projects and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance in up to six elements: ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.
“Bushmead is one of only a handful of WA projects to have received certification under all six elements of EnviroDevelopment,” institute chief executive Allison Hailes said.
The Bushmead design aims to conserve and enhance the native bushland and ecological value of the surrounding area including links with Kadina Brook.
Cedar Woods state manager Ben Rosser said the achievement reinforced the developer’s commitment to creating sustainable communities.
“We are delighted to offer future residents a community they can be proud of; confident their impact on the environment is reduced,” he said.
“Bushmead will encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as lowering household energy and water costs.”
The project will allow construction in areas that have already been cleared, retaining key natural landforms and vegetation.
The urban design uses recycled construction and demolition concrete for the road sub-base and retaining walls use ‘eco-blocks’ made of high density recycled construction material.
To save energy and water, home designs will include installation of a solar PV system or efficient water heating systems and efficient appliances.
Residents can reduce their use of drinking water by installing rainwater tanks or greywater reticulation system, tanks plumbed to toilets and laundry and greywater systems diverting water from washing machines and showers.
Landscaping packages will use native species and other water wise plants.
The developer is offering buyers an environmental package that includes a solar photovoltaic system and rainwater tank up to 3000L to celebrate the six-leaf accreditation.
The sales office will open on Saturday, May 27 at 1 pm.