Latest News: STEPS & SDS Re-development
(4 Jan 2012)
Funding has been secured through the Victorian Local Sustainability Accord to upgrade the STEPS and SDS tools during 2012 and 2013. This will include introducing an online interface for the SDS tool, and development of an improved STEPS tool for multi-residential development.
We need your valuable feedback throughout this exciting project!
We encourage you to register your details on the Contact Us page so that we can keep you up to date with the project's progress and invite you to share your experience using the tools. The project team thanks you in advance for your involvement.
STEPS - for residential sustainability assessments
What is a 'more sustainable home'? It's cheaper to run, cool in summer, warm in winter, healthier, more valuable, friendly to the environment now and contributes to preserving our environment for the enjoyment of future generations.
The Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) is leading the way in promoting sustainable residential development by adopting the use of the STEPS as the preferred method of environmental sustainability assessment. The tool is used to assess residential planning applications, with a view to incorporating the tool into the Planning Scheme, setting clear environmental performance targets for residential development.
Rate your home's environmental performance now and see where you can improve or assess plans for your new home and ensure that you take your STEPS towards a more sustainable home.
Sustainable Design Scorecard (SDS) - for non-residential sustainability assessments
Established in 1999, the Sustainable Design Scorecard (SDS) is intended to assess and quantify the environmental performance of non-residential developments in Victoria. SDS Version 7 is an improvement on earlier versions of the scorecard, it has updated the tool's capacity to allow for a greater number of options to achieve the targets in each environmental category. This version of the Scorecard supersedes all previous electronic and paper-based variations.
Councils using STEPS & SDS include: