STEPS is an interactive, user-friendly, web-based residential building sustainability rating tool developed as part of the Sustainable Tools for Environmental Performance Strategy (STEPS) project.
The web-based tool provides a comprehensive assessment of the environmental performance of a given planning application, and generates a report, which offers relevant information for increasing the sustainability performance of the proposed dwelling. The tool has a vital role to play in simplifying the approval authority process and streamlining applications.
STEPS awards scores for the five most critical elements in constructing environmentally sustainable dwellings. These include greenhouse emissions from operating energy, peak energy use, mains (drinking) water use, stormwater quality impacts, and building materials impacts. The program also calculates the number of bicycle places required and the area need to provide for waste recycling services.
STEPS is a Moreland City Council initiative. Expert advice and technical information has been provided by Ark Resources, Integrated Urban Management (IUM), Centre for Design RMIT, GHD Pty Ltd and Organica Engineering to enable the development and updating of the tool.
CASBE, the Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment is a collection of Victorian municipal governments committed to the creation of a more sustainable built environment both within and beyond their municipalities. CASBE aims to actively lead Victoria towards a sustainable built environment through effective planning and demonstration, supported by a self-sustaining alliance of committed local governments.
The CASBE mission is to provide a coordinated program to develop formal and consistent approaches to ESD, with a primary focus on the planning process. This includes:
- Recruitment of interested and capable Councils;
- Engagement and advocacy within Councils;
- Capacity building and skills development;
- Trials, pilots and testing of innovative ESD solutions; and
- Development of assessment tools and other means of support.