In a new concept for Australia, the City of Melbourne has introduced the Green Factor tool, which will aid developers in the measurement of the sustainability credentials of their design in the early phase.
Through the use of the new Green Building tool, building designers can enter information regarding their site with green infrastructure components of their proposed design like inground features (standing and new), green walls, green facades, on structure planters and green roofs.
They will get an overall scorecard, with scores determined by green elements, ecosystem outcomes and the location of green elements. The score takes into consideration the approximate volume and efficacy of green elements compared to the complete area of the site.
This will stand in comparison to a Green Factor Target currently under development.
Based on a building typology and location basis, the target will be a benchmark for the expected minimal performance required to correspond with broader green objectives.
While the tool is intended for voluntary use, the City is requesting that developers submit plans, with the exception of single-story detached homes, to submit a green factor scorecard.
City of Melbourne Environment portfolio chair Councillor Cathy Oke said the tool will lead to the construction of more sustainable buildings and communities.
She said more than 650 people have registered for an information session on how to use the voluntary Green Factor Tool.