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Sustainable design assessment tools

These tools may assist to determine requirements beyond minimum legal requirements (such as the Five Star Standard).

STEPS (to be used for residential development)

The STEPS (Sustainable Tools for Environmental Performance) tool measures the environmental impact of the design for a home. It rates five categories including mains (drinking water) use, building material impacts, greenhouse emissions, peak energy use and stormwater quality leaving the property. It also calculates the number of bicycle places needed and space needed for waste recycling services.

SDS (to be used for commercial, industrial and mixed use development) 

The SDS (Sustainable Design Scorecard) measures the environmental impact of the design of non-residential buildings. The scorecard is a Microsoft Excel document that rates seven categories. Use the Sustainable Design Scorecard to rate a:

  • commercial building
  • retail building
  • industrial building
  • retail or commercial component of a mixed use development.

At no point is Bayside City Council setting pre-determined performance requirements as part of Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP). Rather we want to work with each applicant to achieve the most appropriate and sustainable outcomes possible in the context of each development.