Urban Development

MEFL believes in the need for a comprehensive vision for sustainable urban developments which blends sustainable transport with localised electricity generation, waste and water management. We use our up-to-date and practical urban development knowledge to deliver urban development solutions to both government and the private sector.

Our Services

MEFL offer a range of urban development services, including;

  • Sustainability opportunities workshops – investigating opportunities across the broad themes of energy, water, waste, materials and transport; and identifying priorities, potential delivery mechanisms and relevant challenges.
  • Tailored Sustainable Urban Development Frameworks to truly integrate sustainability into precincts and buildings on behalf of councils and developers.
  • Strategic advice to developers, local and state governments on sustainable building and precinct development.
  • Greenhouse and energy modelling and spatial analysis for existing or proposed urban precincts and buildings.
  • Research and concept development in international best-practice sustainable precinct planning and delivery.
  • Assisting Council planning teams with improved sustainable design assessment in the planning process (SDAPP) practices and implementation.

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Sustainability Opportunities Developer Workshops at Kingston

Steller Managing Director Nicholas Smedley

MEFL is working with the City of Kingston on a series of ten workshops for local developers. The project involves a council-sponsored initial sustainability opportunity assessment by MEFL, working directly with the development team.

The workshops, which take between two and three hours, also act as an education opportunity for new environmentally sustainable development (ESD) approaches and technology. The methodology is informed by our experience in the management of the roll-out of Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) to councils across Victoria and the development of MEFL’s Sustainable Urban Development Framework which incorporates carbon (energy), water, waste, materials and transport considerations. This project has resulted in significant benefit for City of Kingston and developers.

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Sustainable Urban Development Framework

Urban developments built now and into the future will have a lasting effect on the sustainability of our cities. However competing pressures can make delivery of truly sustainable development difficult to achieve.

During 2010-11, MEFL developed the Sustainable Urban Development Framework (SUDF) to help project managers, urban planners, and developers embed sustainability features throughout development projects.

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ESD Advice to Yarra Ranges Shire

Early in 2014, MEFL completed a project as Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Advisor to Yarra Ranges Council which focused on providing strong impetus in the municipality’s efforts to implement the sustainability elements of the Council and community plan ‘Vision 2020’.
The role included the development of improved sustainability integration processes, particularly in capital works and planning operations, with staff capacity building and training. MEFL provided targeted and specialised advice, training and support across the following areas:

  • Capital Works Program – developed an ESD plan for nominated capital works projects.
  • Carbon Management Program – review of Council’s existing Carbon Management Program and Asset Management Systems
  • Planning Services – investigation of similar planning systems and tools to assist planners evaluate ESD inclusions in development applications
  • Capacity & Training – delivered training and built capacity of Council staff on the assessment tools and frameworks that help to integrate environmentally sustainable development into capital works projects and planning application and approval processes.

 

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North-West Housing Adaptation

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified a need for increased protection from extreme heat events for its clients in north-west Victoria. MEFL was engaged to tackle this problem, leading a consortium including Design Inc, Ernst and Young, Breathe Architecture and Josh Byrne and Associates.

New approaches

The consortium developed a new suite of dwelling typologies and precinct approaches that will guarantee summer performance for DHHS clients. The consortium also took cost-effectiveness and and durability into account in the selection of sustainable design measures.

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Carlton Housing Redevelopment – Post Occupancy Study

An exciting research project is underway at the Carlton Housing Redevelopment at four locations in Carlton.

MEFL has been engaged to deliver a unique suite of environmental post occupancy studies for a major public and private housing redevelopment in Carlton with key partners Department of Human Services. The current iteration of this project is the third in the series.

MEFL has been appointed to undertake engagement with residents of the buildings to understand if the environmental measures incorporated into the development are effective and of value to residents. This involves working with the community to determine their perceptions of the measures through surveys, interviews and developing case studies.