THE 100th project in Australia to gain EnviroDevelopment certification was Halcyon Glades at Caboolture.
The 176-home over 50s community achieved the full six-leaf Urban Development Institute of Australia certification, which accredits the project in ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.
Halcyon Glades is the second community from the developer to be accredited after its Sunshine Coast project, Halcyon Landing, became the first over 50s community in Australia to receive six-leaf certification in 2013.
National EnviroDevelopment Board of Management chairman Matthew Gross said Halcyon had demonstrated ongoing commitment to delivering sustainability features for the benefit of its homeowners and the wider community.
“Importantly, Halcyon has created a liveable community that delivers a positive contribution to the environment which we are pleased to be able to recognise through the EnviroDevelopment tool,” he said.
“Halcyon has incorporated various unique design features, ranging from a rammed earth wall in its Recreation Club right down to a community garden and compost.
“It is a truly ‘green’ development which acknowledges the importance of achieving sustainability targets that ultimately lead to a reduction in living costs for Halcyon Glades’ homeowners.
“In terms of community activation, Halcyon has made an effort to build a sense of community from day one. They have held community events and bussed homeowners to offsite activities while the onsite recreation club is being built.”
The community also has a garden for homeowners’ use featuring an orchard, native bees and a communal compost facility, as well as a bioretention basin filled with native species to efficiently treat stormwater.
The homes achieve a BERS rating of eight stars for energy efficient design, exceeding the EnviroDevelopment requirement of seven stars. Most dwellings also achieve a silver rating in Liveable Housing Design Guidelines which promotes ageing in place.
Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann said sustainability had always been a hallmark of Halcyon’s communities.
“Halcyon homeowners are at the stage of life when they are considering the environmental legacy they will leave future generations,” he said.
“So it is true to say they have a genuine care about the environment and treading lighter on the earth.
“There are also undeniable financial advantages to efficient development principles which pay dividends over time.”
Moving interstate was a big move for us and we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to move. From playing golf to walking and happy hour, there’s always something to do.
ECO MILESTONE: National EnviroDevelopment chairman Matthew Gross (left), Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissman and Halycon Glades project director Marie Cone.