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Environmentally Sustainable Design

We want to help lead the transformation in how we live and use our resources in the future. If you are planning to build or develop, Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) will help you construct an energy and resource efficient building, with minimal impact on the environment.

What is Environmental Sustainable Design?

Environmental Sustainable Design principles aim to improve the health and comfort of buildings for occupants whilst at the same time reducing negative impacts on the environment.

ESD principles include:

  • Locating indoor and outdoor living and entertainment areas to the north; this orientation maximises access to winter sun and, with eaves, minimises summer sun.
  • Renewable energy generation.
  • Using water and energy efficient appliances.
  • Placing windows and doors on opposite sides of the room to create good natural cross-ventilation.
  • Installing a light coloured roof to reflect heat.

The City’s Built Form Policy is applicable to all development within the City of Vincent and includes standards for ESD.

The video series introduces the key concepts of ESD and the benefits of better design.

ESD Video Series

Part 1 - Setting the scene.

Setting the scene includes some less than favourable outcomes in suburban settings. However, the overarching message is that inspired infill is possible. The City of Vincent is one of WA’s most progressive local governments developing a suite of targets to give us the fabled win-win.

Part 2 – The WOW Factor – an exclusive viewing of local sustainable homes.

The WOW factor includes excellent examples of what is possible through ESD. We meet the owner/designer of a funky modern home and the owners of a lovely character home. There are options to improve your existing home that don’t cost the earth.

Part 3 – ESD – the framework that makes sustainable buildings and infill possible.

How to navigate the ESD process at the City of Vincent. ESD provides for a better outcome and build; we meet an architect who talks us through why its important.

Part 4 – When it’s Time to Sell – What the property market thinks of sustainable buildings.

This video provides a real estate perspective. There are clear financial benefits, as well as environmental benefits with ESD. Sustainable housing is making Vincent magnificent

Sheets & templates

To assist you in addressing the ESD standards of the Built Form Policy, we’ve prepared the following information sheets and templates depending on the type of development you’re proposing.

 For alterations and additions to existing dwellings, mixed use or commercial buildings, these ESD standards don’t apply. However, we still encourage you to incorporate good ESD practices in these types of development, and the above information sheets will be able to assist you in doing this.


The City of Vincent recently held an ESD Masterclass event, in partnership with the Forever Project and Green Gurus. If you are interested to learn more click on a topic of interest to watch the recording.

Introduction - with Chris Ferreira

Town Planning Perspective - with Melinda Marshall

Architectural Perspective - with Matt Wallwork

Real Estate Perspective - with Chiara Pacifici

Get in touch

For further information please contact the City's Duty Planning Officer on 9273 6000 or email