PRECINX has been used to refine LandCorp’s Cockburn Coast project.

13 December 2011 – Landcom’s PRECINX tool has notched up its first licensed customer in its plans to roll out more widespread use of its groundbreaking sustainability rating facility – the WA’s government’s land and property development agency, LandCorp.

There could be more licensed users on the way; and already a number of large private developers have also been using PRECINX.

Landcom’s director of sustainability, Steve Driscoll, said talks were continuing with several other government organisations about using the tool for a trial period.

“Landcom has used PRECINX in the planning and design stages of all its recent master planned communities including Bunya, North Penrith and Edmondson Park, “ Mr Driscoll said.

“The tool has given us the ability to quickly make informed decisions about various sustainability options in projects – options which can be quantified in terms of their impact on a number of leading sustainability indicators.

“It has allowed Landcom to save time and money as well as enabling us to sharpen our consultant briefs to delve deeper into particular sustainability questions.”

PRECINX is a mathematical modelling tool that measures the potential sustainability of neighbourhood scale developments such as large multi-dwellings and mixed use development projects in the early stages of design.

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The tool covers six key modules including onsite energy, embodied carbon dioxide, potable water, transport, housing diversity and storm water. They are measured against four key indicators including greenhouse gas emissions, total affordability and vehicle hours travelled.

Mr Driscoll said PRECINX would be as useful to many who work in the property industry as it has been to Landcom.

Landcorp’s sustainability manager environment, Greg Ryan said:  “A simplified version of PRECINX by consultants Kinesis has been used to refine our Cockburn Coast project south of Fremantle, which is a high density mixed-use development on a brown field site.

“We have also modelled Alkimos, a large master planned project, which is a partnership with Lend Lease in Perth’s north west corridor.”

“This tool’s quantitative capacity to crunch the numbers around energy, water, affordability and transport will add great value during the early assessment phase of projects, thereby ensuring creation of more sustainable projects and better environmental outcomes, “ Mr Ryan said.

Landcom has given LandCorp a licence to use PRECINX for 12 months without cost. LandCorp will be required to recalibrate the tool with WA data.

Kinesis director Bruce Taper said Tuesday’s announcement was a positive step for the development industry and his company had been working with a number of large private developers who were also using the tool.

PRECINX was specifically developed to give developers answers “early in the process” and this was striking a powerful cord, Mr Taper said.

“I think Australian developers are fantastic to work with. Give them hardnosed answers early in the process and that’s what they want. It’s not just rhetoric,” Mr Taper said.

“They want quantified sustainability strategies on day one. They want the costs and the recurrents and the estimates.  It’s a stark reversal of sustainability strategies with high level mission statements and value laden assessments.”