Bigger populations means bigger cities – and bigger cities mean bigger environmental impacts. Between 2006 and 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded a population rise of 2.9 million people in Australia’s metropolitan areas – 77 per cent of all growth during this decade.
More than ever before, city developments (like luxury apartments) have to be built with a long-term view and an eye on sustainability. As the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has recently noted, it’s something many of us have already taken to.
Building better cities through green infrastructure
The GBCA’s model is predicated on the following five principles:
- Creating sustainable and healthy metropolitan environments
- Reducing carbon emissions and increasing performance
- Improving the resilience of Australian communities
- Modifying the National Construction Code to incorporate these measures
- Developing sustainable infrastructure throughout Australian cities
Romilly Madew, chief executive officer of the GBCA, recently told a House of Representatives inquiry that governments can play their part by providing tax breaks for green construction, upgrading planning protocols and legislating new energy efficiency requirements – especially for commercial enterprises.
As a nation, we’re already on the front foot with this – the GBCA has given 37 per cent of all CBD office space in Australia a Green Star, its sign of construction that upholds their values. But what of residential developments like Waterfall by Crown Group?
Green development inside and out
The Waterfall development from Crown Group, in the heart of Waterloo, has a strong focus on green building and nature. An eight-storey water feature, green walls and expansive garden areas exemplify the focus we have on keeping our cities as green as possible, combining metropolitan luxury with natural serenity.
Even comparatively simple measures like the incorporation of ceiling-to-floor windows are in line with green principles, maximising natural light in every corner of the building, reducing the amount of power needed for lighting.
Australia’s future is an urban one – but that shouldn’t come at the expense of our environment. Luxury apartment developments like Waterfall by Crown Group acknowledge this, and attempt to incorporate as much sustainability and green design as possible, to build an environmentally friendly Sydney for the decades to come.
If you want to find out more about the features and benefits of Waterfall or luxury apartment living in general, contact the team at Crown Group.