New South Wales
The ESD report in the application is very poor and fails to endeavour to achieve the world class targets that a project of this magnitude should aim for. The targets described in the report are largely tied to Greenstar and or NaBers performance indicators. Both standards are commonly used through the local
Industry particularly manera is becoming outdated but more significantly fail to address significant opportunities for a wholistic approach to ESD. Reading through the report some of the targets are far too low and uncompromising, for instance the requirement for sustainable use of water is limited to using wells rated fittings and fixture, same as you would find BASIX requires for a typical granny flat, no mention of mining black or grey water which in a project of this scale would deliver significant results and provide a case study for future significant projects. Energy management both through construction and operation is offset to a non denominational construction management plan and “good design” one would expect lofty targets for the use of sustainable energy would be introduced in the project, instead no tangible and reportable targets are set. Similarly stewardship and protection of biodiversity is addresses n a single paragraph stating that at level 10 there will be a rooftop garden, the project is I. The vicinity of Hyde Park and Sydney harbour, it is a high rise building, there are significant issues with the impact to biodiversity in both Hyde Park and Sydney harbour as a result of urban development, to name a few, alteration of wind patterns which may affect fly paths of local
Indigenous species of bird’s and bats, increased use of artificial
Light at nightime affecting the biological
Patterns of local birds and mammals.
The report is poor, appears to limit to ticking boxes to appear to address issues, but completely fails to embrace and harness the opportunity to set a ESD approach that is responsible and caring for the future generations.