Many councils have adopted the BESS tool (in 2015, Bess superseded STEPS, and the Sustainable Design Scorecard) and the STORM tool in most planning permit applications. BESS and STORM are sustainable design assessment tools with agreed targets developed in conjunction with the Municipal Association of Victoria and Melbourne Water, to ensure new developments meet improved sustainability and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) benchmarks compared with what has been common with conventional development over the last few decades.
EcoResults uses these tools, and other tools where relevant, to assess just how sustainable a new design will be, and to quickly see what can feasibly be done to improve the energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste efficiency, livability and running costs of the proposed development. We do this in conjuction with your architect, engineers, landscape architect, and other consultants, to advise on what will be required to meet the council's requirements.
For most developments a report stating how the development complies is also be required. For more information on these reports see Sustainable Design Assessments (small and medium developments) and ESD Management Plans (large developments). Let us do the hard work for you.