Adelaide's Prince’s Terraces, Australia's first 6 Star Green Star residential development.

The Prince’s Terraces in Adelaide has been awarded Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star rating for a residential development.

The project is a joint venture between Defence Housing Australia and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, an initiative set up by the Prince of Wales to raise the level of sustainability of homes, workplaces and communities. The Prince’s Terraces represents the foundation’s first Australian project.

Located in the Bowden urban renewal precinct, the townhouses feature an emphasis on local, low-carbon materials, including local concrete made with fly ash, local granite and bricks re-used from old Bowden industrial buildings, as well as:

  • orientation to minimise summer solar gain and maximise natural cross ventilation
  • façade designed to maximise daylight access and views while managing glare
  • ceiling fans to control the indoor climate, complemented with small but high efficiency air conditioning systems for peak Adelaide temperatures
  • LED lighting and photovoltaic solar panels generating renewable energy to reduce the building’s peak power demand
  • High efficiency water fittings, with toilets and laundry fittings supplied with 100 per cent recycled water

These features are expected to cut energy and potable water use by more than 50 per cent, and carbon emissions by more than 40 per cent, compared with a typical house.

“For our Defence families this means passing on not just financial savings but a lifestyle that will provide a better future for their children,” Defence Housing chairman Sandy MacDonald said.

Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said the impact of the sustainability achievement on the building industry could not be underestimated.

“While around a quarter of Australia’s office stock is Green Star-rated, the multi residential building sector has been slower to embrace sustainability,” she said. “The Prince’s Australia Terraces demonstrate that world-leadership sustainable design and construction outcomes in the residential sector are attainable now.”

Victoria Chester, executive director of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, said the project brought alive many key principals of the foundation.

“It evokes the local heritage and uses local materials to create a harmonious and enduring community that focuses on environmental sustainability,” she said.

“Being the very first [residential] development in Australia to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star rating is a wonderful recognition of both ours, and DHA’s focus on meeting the urgent challenges of urbanisation and climate change.”

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  1. It is disappointing that the imperative of anachronistic styling would hold back the potential for higher performance for the building fabric.
    Deep fixed eaves and extended wing walls may assist with summer shade but will always compromise winter passive solar gain. The design will clearly require much greater winter energy inputs than would be possible with a design having adjustable shading.