ESD design guide for office and public buildings

RMIT University

Edition 3
Sustainable Built Environments and Centre for Design, RMIT University
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, May 2007
ISBN 0 642 553 491

ESD design guide cover

About the guide

This guide gives a basic introduction to ecological sustainability issues and specifically how the built environment affects them. It begins by outlining the Australian position on Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and some key policies relevant to buildings and ESD.

The next section outlines the tools that are available to help in achieving ESD in Australian Government buildings, specifically ABGR, NABERS and Green Star. The bulk of this guide is an outline of initiatives that can be put in place to minimise the environmental and social impacts of buildings.