LandCorp’s WGV at White Gum Valley project was launched on Wednesday the 17th of June securing the title of being Western Australia’s first residential development to achieve international endorsement through the sustainability initiative One Planet Living.
WGV will feature cutting edge energy, water and climate-responsive design, an innovative house design for Gen Y home buyers and an open source website to share the lessons of resource efficient building. The use of smart design and renewable technologies at WGV looks to reduce household bills by $1,200 per year and aims to achieve a 60-70% mains water use reduction per dwelling compared to the Perth average.
The project was launched by Minister for Lands Hon. Terry Redman in the presence of Sandy Hollway AO in his capacity as Deputy Chair at the CRC for Low Carbon Living, and Josh Wilson Deputy Mayor of Fremantle.
Josh Byrne & Associates (JBA) is the WGV project Landscape Architect responsible for the design, documentation and construction superintendence of the landscaping from concept through to completion. JBA’s approach facilitated the establishment of tree canopy targets, fauna relocation activities, timber salvaging and reuse, and the incorporation of innovative water sensitive urban design-based features across the development site.
In partnership with the Water Corporation, the JBA Urban Water team led the implementation of a range of water efficiency initiatives including a non-drinking water (community bore) irrigation scheme for both public and private gardens, lot-scale rainwater harvesting for flushing toilets and washing machine use, along with household water efficiency measures.
JBA assisted Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project Architect David Barr with the landscape design, and is also responsible for the design of the shared rainwater harvesting system, which will supply non-potable water for toilets, washing machines and garden taps for the three apartments.
In his capacity as a Curtin University Research Fellow, JBA Director Josh Byrne is the Chief Investigator in a four year Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living research project that will monitor and assess the design performance, impact of technology choice and occupant behaviour on energy use and carbon emissions across the development. It will also explore the relationships between developers, local government, builders and purchasers in regards to low carbon aspirations.
You can find further information on LandCorp’s WGV at White Gum Valley at the breakout website which contains factsheets and video introducing the project.