Mark Taylor, JBA’s Principal for Built Environment Sustainability, has been appointed to the National EnviroDevelopment Board, an independent group that uses a scientifically based system to review development projects and award certification to those that achieve outstanding performance in regards to environment sustainability.
EnviroDevelopment is supported by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) and is measured across four or more of the following elements – Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community. The accompanying branding system is designed to make it easier for purchasers to recognise and, thereby, select more environmentally sustainable homes and lifestyles.
EnviroDevelopment has benefits for local, state and federal government organisations, environmental groups, developers and home owners. A home located within an Envirodevelopment can potentially:
- Have reduced operating costs
- Can be eligible for rebates and incentives
- Has enhanced marketability and property values
- Be a healthier home, workplace and community
- Contribute to a reduced ecological footprint.
Mark Taylor is a dedicated sustainability practitioner and he has worked on built environment sustainability projects throughout Australia, promoting newly emerging holistic sustainability frameworks, such as One Planet Living and the Living Building Challenge.
Mark sees advocacy and education of sustainability frameworks as part of the role of a dedicated sustainability practitioner. He has assisted with sustainability framework accreditation for the award-winning projects:
WGV at White Gum Valley – Developed by LandCorp, WGV is WA’s first residential project to achieve national recognition, the second project in Australia and 11th in the World to achieve International Endorsement as a One Planet Community through One Planet Living.
Rosehill Waters – WA’s first non-government mandated six leaf EnviroDevelopment rated residential development, developed by Handle Property Group.
Allara – WA’s fourth six-leaf accredited EnviroDevelopment developed by Satterly.