Sustainable Management Plans

During the planning stage, councils will generally ask for a report outlining key Environmental Sustainable Design (ESD) measures that will be implemented during the construction stage.

For larger developments (10+ units) and non-residential developments more than 1000m2, the council will request the Sustainable Management Plans (SMP) Report. The SMP report is a more detail ESD report and will include a Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) scorecard which will assess 9 key criteria to satisfy council’s

Key points
  • We prepare SMP reports within 5-10 business days.
  • We offer practical solutions that work within the client’s budgets
  • We offer design advice to assist with a more favourable 6-star energy rating outcome.
  • Competitively priced
  • Have worked with all councils and understand their preferred outcomes

STORM scorecard

A STORM Assessment scorecard system will also need to be included. A STORM assessment measures the developments in the ability to treat stormwater. This is required as developments introduce a large percentage of hard surface areas which may previously have been a permeable area such as lawn and vegetation. With the increase in hard surface areas, comes the increase in rainwater through our stormwater system and the sediment with it. Treatment types such as rainwater tanks, rain gardens and buffer strips can be utilised through development to assist with treating the rainwater before it hits out stormwater drainage system.

Preliminary 6-star energy rating reports will also be included for residential developments. This ensures the dwellings meet the 6-star minimum early on and can determine if there are any design issues that could add cost through high-performance double glazing and insulation.

Preliminary commercial energy ratings or section j reports will also be included for commercial developments to determine whether a 10% improvement in insulation and glazing can be achieved from the standard benchmark.

Sustainable Management Plans are often called up for apartment complexes and large missed use developments. It is important to engage in a professional ESD consultant early as council apartment guild lines now stipulate maximum cooling loads allowed. Assistance with design, window location and shading will help keep keeping the cooling loads within the maximum in a cost-effective manner.

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