The East Brunswick Village project has been designed with sustainability at the fore. The environmental impact of every aspect of the development has been considered, from the materials used and the way construction waste is managed, to the design of systems that optimise residents’ energy efficiencies.

So far, 15,000 truck and trailer loads of material have been recycled from the EBV site. That’s:

  • 100,000 tonnes of rock recycled into crushed rock products
  • 20,000mof recycled crushed concrete to be used as road base
  • 30,000mof solid bluestone rock recycled into pavers, which will pave the driveways and roadways at EBV

Internationally respected permaculture design consultant Dan Palmer, and his team from Brunswick’s own Very Edible Gardens, have been instrumental in the vision and design of EBV’s green spaces, including rooftop and streetscape layouts.

Dan’s vision for EBV’s vast green spaces is of a flowing connective tissue of carefully adapted green spaces and gardens brimming with life.

Every green space aims to support a diversity of activities with an emphasis on private nooks surrounded by lush vegetation, where residents can catch a breath and step out of the business of modern life for a moment.

 By considering and factoring in the need for beauty, shade, views, access, wind protection, and much else, the spaces are designed to support residents’ comfort in all seasons. These spaces grow out of, reflect and support the surrounding built environment to create a unique character I trust will resonate for residents, and subconsciously draw them in and help define the place they call home.”

Environmentally Sustainable Development initiatives

The design achieves an average 7.5-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) and a 4 Star Green Star Design & As Built benchmarked design rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

What this means is that EBV residents can expect fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average Australian apartment, and savings on energy bills.

Energy efficiency

  • Average 7.5-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) achieved
  • Energy efficient building systems used throughout, including smart metering, LED lighting and appliances installed with smart/automatic controls, occupancy detectors, daylight sensors and programmable timers
  • Passive design strategy to reduce external solar load but maximise winter heating
  • Double glazing for energy efficiency and thermal and acoustic comfort
  • 15 kW photovoltaic (solar) system installed on the roof of each building

Water usage

  • Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rated fixtures and fittings
  • Drought tolerant and native plants for landscaping
  • Rainwater tanks for toilet flushing achieve a STORM rating of 100%
  • Highly efficient centralised gas hot water system
  • Combination boilers will provide domestic hot water
  • Smart metering enables residents to accurately monitor energy and hot water consumption

Indoor environmental quality

  • Low toxicity materials used: paints, adhesives, sealants, carpets and engineered wood products
  • Zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) refrigerants

Building materials

  • Sustainable material selection, particularly of PVC, steel and timber
  • Timber and steel elements recycled where possible
  • Brickwork and bluestone utilised for cladding and paving
  • Construction waste management plan in place; 80% reduction in waste to landfill during construction achieved


  • Construction site waste recycled wherever possible
  • Recycling facilities provided alongside general waste facilities


  • Good access to public transport
  • Car parking compliant with Council requirements
  • Provision of bike racks in excess of Green Star requirements
  • Provision of Green Travel Plan for the development
  • High level of neighbourhood amenity within walking distance
  • Flexi car pods located nearby
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles
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