December 8

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The Future Homes program in Victoria is a new accelerated project development path to a sustainable urban development, offering a unique opportunity for developers to contribute to fast track development proposals using a State Government Architect supplied design template.

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Navigating Future Homes Projects: The Role of Sustainability Management Plans

Understanding the Future Homes Program

Victorian State Government’s Future Homes program is a pioneering initiative aimed at revolutionizing the approach to residential building design. The program’s core goal is to make the construction of better, more sustainable apartments more accessible and streamlined. By offering architecturally designed, adaptable apartment plans, Future Homes is setting new standards in urban development. The designs are not just adaptable across various sites in Victoria but are also offered at a significantly subsidized cost. This initiative represents a commitment to sustainable and efficient living, aligning with Victoria’s broader housing and environmental goals.

Developers who engage with this program gain access to designs that prioritize family-friendly layouts, accessibility, and environmental sustainability. The program ensures that these designs integrate features like garden and deep soil areas, contributing to greener neighborhoods and enhanced urban aesthetics. Moreover, these designs are conceived to exceed current sustainability performance requirements, functioning without reliance on fossil fuels from day one. Future Homes is a response to Melbourne’s growing population and the need for high-quality, liveable, and sustainable housing. It aligns with Plan Melbourne‚Äôs goal of maintaining Melbourne’s status as a liveable city and is part of the broader strategic plan for housing in Victoria.

Application Process for Future Homes

Navigating the application process for the Future Homes program requires a clear understanding of its criteria and steps. The program is open to a range of applicants, including landholders, builders, developers, and social housing providers, provided they meet specific location criteria. These criteria include the proximity of the development site to train stations or identified activity centers in Melbourne. Furthermore, developers are required to address the stipulations outlined in the Building Future Homes Adaptation Guide (BFHAG), ensuring that the proposed developments adhere to the program’s sustainability standards.

The Importance of a Waste Management Plan

A crucial element of the Future Homes application is the Waste Management Plan. This plan must align with Chapter 5.5 of the BFHAG, detailing how the development will manage waste sustainably and effectively. It’s not only a regulatory requirement but also a practical approach to handling waste management challenges, ensuring long-term sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Sustainability Management Plans: A Key Component

The Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) stands as a central component in meeting the Future Homes requirements. This plan, prepared by qualified sustainability consultants, outlines how the development will incorporate sustainable design features. The SMP encompasses various aspects such as energy efficiency, water management, and material selection. It’s a comprehensive blueprint for creating environmentally friendly and cost-effective residences, essential for complying with the BFHAG.

Organica Engineering’s Expertise in SMP Preparation

In this complex landscape, Organica Engineering emerges as a guiding force for developers. Our expertise in sustainable design and intimate knowledge of the Future Homes program positions us as an ideal partner for developers seeking to prepare comprehensive SMPs. Our approach is thorough, ensuring that every sustainability aspect is meticulously addressed, aligning with both the BFHAG and broader environmental goals.

Meeting STORM Requirements with InSitewater.com.au

Beyond the SMP, developers must also meet specific STORM requirements. InSitewater.com.au serves as a valuable resource in this regard, offering tools and guidance to ensure compliance with these requirements, particularly in terms of stormwater management. This is crucial for reducing the environmental impact of new developments and promoting sustainable water use.

Organica Engineering’s experience in SMP Preparation

This is where Organica Engineering steps in. With expertise in sustainable design and a deep understanding of the Future Homes program, Organica Engineering is poised to assist developers in preparing comprehensive SMPs. Our approach ensures that every aspect of sustainability is thoroughly addressed, aligning with both the BFHAG and the broader goals of environmental stewardship.

A Future Homes referral to DTP must address the requirements in the Building Future Homes:
Adaptation guide (BFHAG) Organica Engineering can help with the following Application requirements Information required to accompany a referral to DTP:

  • Waste management plan detailing compliance with Chapter 5.5 (Site services) of the BFHAG
  • A Future Homes application requires A Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) prepared by a suitably qualified sustainability consultant, generally in accordance with the SMP template provided, demonstrating compliance with BFHAG
  • In addition, for building compliance, a site specific Section J energy report is required to be provided to the project’s building surveyor to demonstrate Building Code compliance.

The Future Homes program offers developers an unparalleled opportunity to lead in sustainable urban living. With Organica Engineering’s expertise in SMP preparation and navigating program requirements, developers can confidently embark on projects that set new benchmarks in sustainable living. As we embrace these innovative practices, we move towards a future where our homes are not only living spaces but also beacons of environmental responsibility.


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