Artist's impression of green space at Ecco Ripley in Ipswich.

Sekisui House’s masterplanned Ecco Ripley development in Queensland’s Ipswich growth corridor has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The project was assessed by the GBCA against best practice benchmarks for liveability, prosperity, environment, design, governance and innovation.

Some of the elements of the masterplan that demonstrated best practice include:

  • the development’s active transport plan incorporating buses, on and off-road cycling and pedestrian paths
  • a commitment that 25 per cent of housing will be affordable for first home buyers, 10 per cent of homes will be allocated for accessible housing and 5 per cent will be social housing
  • large scale tree planting including more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs and 93,000 native ground covers planted in the first 12 months of the project’s construction
  • 76 hectares of recreation parks and gardens so all residents have open space and parklands within walking distance, plus the plan aims for gardens to incorporate the local production of fresh food

Sekisui House Australia chief executive and managing director Toru Abe said the 5 Star Green Star rating was a significant achievement and reinforced the company’s commitment to developing a sustainable community.

“Sustainability is a major focus in the design of Ecco Ripley and to Sekisui House. For us, sustainability isn’t just a buzz word – it means ‘built to last’,” Mr Abe said.

“Our investment in sustainability will continue to pay dividends for residents and investors, in the form of reduced running costs.”