ESD Report

ESD report is proof that your building design complies with Ecologically Sustainable Development principles. You will need ESD report when you are applying for a building permit.
First, the ESD report looks into if you are using environmental-friendly building materials for construction.
Second, the ESD report looks into how you preserve energy, water, groundwater, site ecology, etc.
Third, the ESD report looks into how you maintain the comfort and well-being of occupants.
Last, it looks into the potential and possibility of innovation to improve building performance.

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Quick Turnaround

Quotations: Same business day of inquiry.
ESD reports: 7-14 business days (depends on the complexity and the initial degree of compliance).

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Do I need an ESD report?

Residential buildings

With residential buildings, you don’t need ESD report if you are building a single dwelling.

You need an ESD report if you are building 2 to 9 dwellings. This ESD report is called SDA (Sustainable Design Assessment).

You need an ESD report if are developing 10 or more dwellings. This ESD report is called SMP (Sustainable Management Plan).

Commercial buildings

You don’t need ESD report if your commercial (Non-residential) buildings, building has a gross floor area of less than 100m2.

You need an ESD report If you are developing a building with a gross floor area of less than 1000m2. This ESD report is called SDA (Sustainable Design Assessment).

You also need ESD report if you are developing a building with a gross floor area of more than 1000m2. This ESD report is called SMP (Sustainable Management Plan).

Note that each council has its requirements for environmental sustainability and the above are commonly applied by most councils.

What are the key sustainable building parameters for an ESD report?

ESD report consists of several aspects that can assist in sustainable construction. Although the guidelines of different councils may vary, the core parameters in sustainable development stay the same. We can categorise these key parameters as below:

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Management

Indoor Environment Quality

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Objectives:

  • To minimize the use of mechanical heating, cooling and ventilation systems.
  • To achieve a healthy indoor environment and the wellbeing of occupants.
  • To reduce indoor air pollutants and noise levels.
  • To reduce reliance on artificial lighting.

Typical responses:

  • Increase the access to daylight by altering the position and the size of glazing and shading.
  • Use of external adjustable shading devices.
  • Set window SHGC with respect to its orientation and minimize mechanical heating and cooling.
  • Enable access to natural ventilation to offset mechanical cooling demand.

Energy Efficiency

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Objectives:

  • To reduce building overall energy consumption.
  • To recognise the building’s passive potentials to sustain energy.
  • To reduce the building’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
  • To reduce building peak energy demand through passive measures.

Typical responses:

  • Building to achieve a better thermal performance than NCC provisions (i.e. through Performance solutions)
  • Use of external shading devices to restrict solar radiation in summer and to allow it in winter.
  • Lesser artificial lighting power density than the maximum allowed by NCC.
  • Use of appliances with good ratings.

Water Efficiency

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Objectives:

  • To reduce overall water consumption.
  • Use of water-efficient fixtures.
  • Recycle rainwater and run-off water for building use.
  • More water-efficient landscaping.

Typical responses:

  • Installation of water fixtures with high star WELS rating.
  • Use of rainwater tanks for sanitary flushing and irrigation.
  • Treatment of grey water by various approved means.

Stormwater Management

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Objectives:

  • To reduce the impact of stormwater run-offs.
  • To improve the quality of run-offs into groundwater and rivers.
  • To reuse stormwater and reduce overall domestic water consumption.

Typical responses:

  • Use of rainwater tanks for sanitary flushing and irrigation.
  • Use of permeable materials.
  • Installation of rain gardens, ponds and wetlands.

Building Materials

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Objectives:

  • Selection of low impact materials for construction.
  • To reduce the CO2 impact or embodied energy of building materials.
  • To maximise the responsible sourcing materials.
  • To encourage the use of recycled or reused materials.

Typical responses:

  • Restrict the use of PVC in piping or other building elements.
  • Use of sustainable certified materials.
  • Reuse of Materials and other Recycled Materials.
  • Use of FSC certified timber or recycled timber.
  • To reduce the use of material that contains high levels of VOC (or other toxic elements)

Transport

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Objectives:

  • To encourage the use of walking, cycling and public transport.
  • To minimize personal car dependency.
  • To promote the use of low-emission vehicle technologies and supporting infrastructure.

Typical responses:

  • Provide convenient and secure bike storage facilities.
  • Provide end of trip change facilities for bike users.
  • Provide infrastructure for electric vehicle charging.
  • Describe the site’s proximity and access to public transportation.
  • Reduction in the extent of onsite car parking.

Waste Management

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Objectives:

  • To avoid, recycle or reuse waste during design, construction and operation stages.
  • To ensure reusability and durability of building materials.
  • To ensure we allocate sufficient space for future change in waste management needs.

Typical responses:

  • Provide allocated space(s) for general waste, recycling and green waste.
  • Operation Waste Management Plan
  • Construction Waste Management Plan

Urban Ecology

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Objectives:

  • To protect and enhance biodiversity.
  • To provide environmentally sustainable landscapes and natural habitats.
  • To encourage the retention of trees.
  • To encourage the planting of indigenous vegetation.
  • To encourage the provision of space for productive gardens

Typical responses:

  • Allow vegetated areas on site
  • Allow a tab connected to the rainwater tank for irrigation
  • Installation of efficient irrigation systems like drip irrigation.
  • Use vegetation to control solar heat gains, glare or ventilation.

Innovation

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Objectives:

  • Implementation of innovative practices to promote sustainability.
  • To encourage innovative technology, design and processes in all development.

Typical responses:

  • Describe how building design exceeds best practice in one or more of the above 9 categories.
  • Design buildings capable of passively maximizing natural ventilation, lighting and energy efficiency.
  • Design buildings responsive to local climate condition that enhances ESD outcomes.

Building Management

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Objectives:

  • To encourage practices that enable and support best practice sustainability outcomes throughout the different phases of project design.
  • To encourage sustainability advice from professionals.
  • Accumulation of management experience together with the use of modern tools of building modelling.

Typical responses:

  • Engaging ESD professionals to provide sustainability advice.
  • Preliminary building thermal modelling.
  • Creating building user guides to help occupants learn how to preserve energy and such using the features of the building.

Tools we use for developing an ESD report?

If you are required to have an ESD report, there are tools to measure how ecologically sustainable your design is. As we implement SDAPP framework in the design stage, several tools demonstrate ‘best practice’ recommended by the councils. These tools are:

  • Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS)
  • Green Star
  • Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS)
  • National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)
  • Stormwater Treatment Objective Relative Measure (STORM)
  • Model for Urban Stormwater Improvement Conceptualisation (MUSIC)

Implementation of the above tools is mainly based on building classification and the sustainability category. For more information on building classes, click here

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What is SDAPP?

SDAPP is an abbreviation for Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process. SDAPP refers to including key environmental performance consideration in the planning permit approvals process. In simple words, SDAPP is a practical approach to assess sustainable development matters during the planning permit application process (or rather the inclusion of environmental performance standards into the planning permit approval process).

More facts about ESD:

  • The internationally recognized and long-standing concept of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) rose in Australia more than 30 years ago.
  • According to Australian National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development (1992), ESD is defined as: “using, conserving and enhancing the community’s resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained, and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased”.
  • The ESD strategies imposed by the government is deemed to let Australia grow on a more sustainable footing; ranging from a single dwelling to a non-residential or a mixed-use facility.