A sculpture in the central atrium

5 November 2013 — An apartment development near Brisbane’s CBD is the latest project certified under the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s EnviroDevelopment rating tool.

The Ecco on Helen development met the criteria for five out of the six categories, scoring points for waste, energy, materials, water and community – though missing the ecosystems criteria.

Ecco has managed a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, compared with a development meeting regulatory requirements.

This has been done through a four-storey atrium that maximises natural light and ventilation during the day, units designed to promote cross ventilation and the use of energy efficient LED lights.

The developer PDMS said sustainability in the development made good business sense.

“It makes sense not only for the environment, but our buyers now expect these features as their requirements for environmental sustainability become a buying must,” said group managing director Nick Angelos.

“Further, the cost savings to the residents that these features provide are also a big plus.”

Art features heavily in the development, with “Avatar-inspired” sculptures made predominately from recycled material.

“It just proves that a development can be both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable,” said Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland’s Warren Harris.