21CD twenty-first century development

Westwyck EcoVillage

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Westwyck is an ecovillage renovation of former school grounds. This ecovillage serves to foster social and environmental sustainability, influence future developments, and be a One Planet Living Community.

Size:

30 homes

Dates:

1999-2013

Project Team:

Mike Hill and Lorna Pitt, WestWyck Pty Ltd

Performance levels achieved:

  • Standard

  • Good

  • Better

  • Living

  • Regenerative

Place
Limits to Growth
Food
Habitat
Transportation
Water
Energy
Health + Happiness
Civilized Environment
Neighborhood Design
Biophilia
Resilient Connections
Materials
Material Plan
Embodied Energy & Carbon
Waste
Equity
Neighborhood & Access
Access to Nature
Access to Community Services
Beauty
Inspiration

Goals & Strategies:

Place

Food

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Community gardens.

Habitat

Goals: Not defined.

Strategies: Rainwater landscaping for water filtration and evapotranspiration, trees planted for shading strategy, indigenous landscaping.

Transportation

Goals: 1 car per resident, 10% or less of commuting trips by car.

Strategies: Public transportation, pedestrian paths.

Water

Water

Goals: 75% reduction in water use per resident.

Strategies: Water storage for rainwater harvesting, stormwater retention incorporated into landscaping, water separation, black-water treatment on site.

Energy

Energy

Goals: 100% electricity from renewable sources; 33% from on-site Solar PV. 75% reduction in building energy demand.

Strategies: Solar PV, energy efficient construction and renovation.

Health + Happiness

Equity

Goals: Foster community relationships.

Strategies: Public access to streets, human scale design, local economy, com- munity centers, shared spaces.

Materials

Embodied Energy & Carbon

Goals: 50% reduction in carbon embodied in construction materials.

Strategies: Materials used in construction are reused, recycled or of recyclable materials, non-toxic materials.

Waste

Goals: 95% of waste from homes recycled.

Strategies: Resident education, recycling facilities.

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Sources: westwyck.com  |  bioregional.com  |  theswitchreport.com.au  |  thefifthestate.com.au

*Note: This case study was developed using found information.