What is a sustainable design assessment?

A Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) is a document that sets out the sustainable design features of a proposed development. The SDA is typically used for small scale development. 

When is a sustainable design assessment required?

Manningham City Council requires the submission of an SDA for certain planning permit application types. Under Clause 22.12 (Environmentall Sustainable Development) of the Manningham Planning Scheme, an SDA will be required for the following development types:

  • Accommodation/mixed use with residential component of:
    - 3-9 dwellings; or
    - Development of a building for accommodation other than dwellings with a gross floor area between 500m² and 1000m2; or
    - Alterations and additions creating 500m2 or more of additional gross floor area (excluding outbuildings).

  • Non-residential:
    - Development of a non-residential building with a gross floor area between and including 500m² and 1000m2; or
    - Alterations and additions of between and including 500m² and 1000m2.

How can I prepare a sustainable design assessment?

Typically, it should not be necessary to engage a sustainability consultant to prepare an SDA.

The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) can be used to undertake an SDA. The submission of a BESS report will satisfy the application requirements for an SDA. 

It is important that all relevant initiatives are reflected on all submitted plans. 

Tools to prepare your plan
BESSA free, online sustainability assessment tool purpose-built for the planning application stage. It can assess single dwellings, multi-dwellings, non-residential and mixed use developments of any size.
STORMA free, online calculator for testing whether a site achieves best practice water quality objectives managed by Melbourne Water. 
MUSICA detailed stormwater modelling software that is available for purchase from eWater. 
INSITEAn online tool that has been developed and allows stormwater quality, alternate water, water efficiency and on site detention outcomes to be calculated in one integrated tool. It can be used free of charge for development applications within Manningham.