Seven of Australia's leading sustainable developments for 2021

“Sustainable living is no longer an option, it’s a prerequisite”, said ID_Land’s Matthew Belford

Seven of Australia's leading sustainable developments for 2021
Folia, Doncaster. Image: Supplied

As developers commit to greener designs and more sustainable developments, environmentally conscious property buyers are spoilt for choice.

Finding green and energy-efficient housing not only reduces your carbon footprint but also helps you lower your bills.

Urban takes a look at seven of Australia’s leading sustainable developments implementing efficient features, green spaces and facilities that alleviate residents’ impact on the environment.

1. Canvas, Brunswick
Address: 272 Barkly Street, Brunswick VIC 3056
One-bedroom apartments from $440,000

As recent forecasts emerge, revealing property investors are increasingly concerned with environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials, developments are forced to match the increased environmental awareness of their buyers.

ID_Land’s Brunswick development, Canvas, does just that. The development includes solar technology in communal areas, no gas connection to any apartment, rooftop gardens and greywater harvesting.

“Sustainable living is no longer an option, it’s a prerequisite”, said ID_Land’s Matthew Belford.

2. Waverley Park, Mulgrave
Address: 6 Goodison Court, Mulgrave VIC 3170
Four-bedroom townhomes from $935,000

As you’ll soon discover, Mirvac is among the developers leading the transition towards renewable and sustainable residential projects with a target to become net carbon positive by 2030.

The developer’s Waverley Park project offers sustainable and energy-efficient design in Melbourne’s Mulgrave.

Among its features include cross-ventilation, superior insulation, LED lighting, solar hot water and energy-efficient appliances.

3. Quay Waterfront Newstead
Address: 57 Skyring Terrace, Newstead QLD 4006
One-bedroom apartments from $475,000

Set in Brisbane’s Newstead, Mirvac’s Quay Waterfront aims to rehabilitate the previously heavily industrial site into a transformed and green community.

The riverfront parcel of land will be reinvigorated with green open space, creating parklands that residents can call home and locals can enjoy.

Set on 5.5-hectares of parklands, this biophilic tower will weave gardens throughout its façade and around its apartments, which Mirvac will hand over 50 per cent back to the Brisbane City Council upon completion.

4. Folia, Doncaster
Address: 59 Stables Circuit, Doncaster VIC 3108
One-bedroom apartments from $400,000

Situated on Doncaster Road, Folia forms part of Mirvac’s larger masterplanned community, Tullamore.

Achieving the highest environmental certification in Australia, the development has achieved a six-leaf EnviroDevelopment accreditation, thanks to its many sustainable features.

These include a 70kWh solar panel array, renewable energy and battery storage and the possibility of including a Tesla Powerwall II battery within each residence. 

The broader development site also boasts 20 per cent of open, green space and an integrated water management plan.

5. The Fabric, Altona North
Address: 188-198 Blackshaws Road, Altona North VIC 3025
Two-bedroom apartments from $695,000

Yet another Mirvac development, The Fabric has committed to contributing to a more sustainable feature, designed for liveability and increased comfort year-round.

Leafy green tree-lined streets, contemporary architecture and private front gardens form the walkable masterplanned community, which boasts a seven-star NatHERS energy rating.

Renowned landscaping architects, Eckersley Garden Architecture, have designed courtyards with edible planter beds and a custom-designed Patchwork Park.

6. Tullamore Homes, Doncaster
Address: 11 Heritage Boulevard, Doncaster VIC 3108
Four-bedroom townhomes from $1,450,000

Another stage in the masterplanned Tullamore development, Tullamore Homes’ many sustainable features align with the increasing importance homebuyers place on environmental credentials.

According to Mirvac, the vision for the residential neighbourhood is defined by lush landscape, open parklands and walking trails.

The project will retain a large nature reserve to protect the homes of local Rosellas and other birdlife, as well as feature solar gas-boosted hot water services, recycled water connections and five-star WELS tapware to the bathroom.

7. Sixth Avenue, Chelsea Heights
Address: 15 Sixth Avenue, Chelsea Heights VIC 3196
Two-bedroom apartments from $599,000

Developed by the Aultun Group, Chelsea Heights’ Sixth Ave. delivers sustainable design features with the green transition in mind.

Achieving a ‘Best Practice’ rating for BESS (Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard), the project boasts a five-star instantaneous gas hot-water system, energy-efficient glazing, water-efficient tapware and bicycle parking.

Other features include expansive private courtyards, outdoor clotheslines, thermal insulation and four-star WELS-rated toilets.

Max Kwok

Max Kwok

Max Kwok is a staff contributor at Based in Sydney, Max has previously worked at Property Observer where he specialised in content creation and editorial research.

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