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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.

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