Environmental sustainability and resilience are fundamental aspects of functional, whole-of-life design.
Good built environment design that considers place and movement achieves high performance standards:
- Does the project contribute to increased tree canopy cover, particularly for walking and cycling paths? Does the design provide the conditions for new trees to mature fully?
- Does air quality or noise affect users of the street or adjacent land uses?
- Has environmental performance been considered (e.g. managing stormwater, run-off and surface temperature in extreme weather events)? Has water-sensitive urban design been incorporated in the project?
- Is street space efficiently allocated? Is the space given to each mode proportionate to the number of people using the mode (rather than their passenger-car unit equivalents)?
- Have project outcomes been adapted to maximise both movement and place benefits?
- Is the design resilient – does it minimise resource consumption and emissions, and contribute to the NSW net zero emissions goal? Could an 8-year-old use this area independently (community resilience)?
- Does the project contribute to a compact, permeable and connected urban environment?