Is it possible to sign a declaration to say your home is Sustainable and yet not truly have a sustainable property? Signing a declaration on the transfer of property is the approach that has been adopted in the residential sector in Queensland. The success of this approach depends on your definition of sustainability, and whether a number of ‘sustainability features’ are sufficient to warrant the label sustainable.
The community debate about the benefits of the legislative reforms has started. Some in the real estate industry have seized the initiative and have viewed ‘energy’ sustainability as a branding opportunity. This trend follow similar initiatives in the US.
However, what is being addressed here is ‘the below the line emissions’ on the McKinsey cost curve.
What is being missed?
Before airconditioning and heating, is passive solar design of the building envelope, before passive solar design of the envelope is the design of the garden, before the design of the garden is the orientation and siting building, before the orientation and siting of the building is the layout of the plan, before the layout of the plan is the analysis of the site, before the analysis of the site is the selection of the site, before the selection of the site is the design of the subdivision….
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