The protection of our environment is an important local and global issue we all must consider. Through responsible and sustainable planning, Council aims to lead the transition in how we live and use our resources, particularly in the construction of residential dwellings and large scale developments.
Passive design principles, including thermal mass, external shading, building orientation, cross ventilation and better insulation in buildings, reduces the requirement for energy intensive mechanical systems to maintain comfortable internal temperatures.
Incorporating renewable energy, such as solar, further reduces a building’s environmental impact. Good building design reduces power consumption, saves money and addresses the effects of climate change.
Through the planning permit application process, Council is committed to sustainable design in both the construction and retro-fitting of residential and commercial buildings.