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Sustainable Design Assessment Submission 4 week training course.

This course is for design professionals in Victoria, Australia, who are required to submit a sustainability report with their planning application.

This course is suitable for:

Building design professionals who need to get plans approved by Council;
Architects and architectural draftpersons;
Builders and owner builders who want a DIY sustainability report;
Sustainability professionals and FirstRate5 energy raters who want to deepen their understanding of the Sustainable Design in Planning process; and
Council Planners who want an industry perspective on sustainability in planning

Are you needing to submit a Council Planning Sustainability report?

Have you had your SDA rejected by Council?

This course can help!

The Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) can range from simple to complex depending on the complexity of the planning submission. This course will help applicant to improve the quality of their sustainable design assessment submission, helping to get your development through planning smoothly.

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This training is a quick introduction to Water Sensitive Urban Design and how to design for best practice urban stormwater outcomes on smaller development and redevelopment sites.  Often projects are asked to achieve good stormwater outcomes by Councils, and this training will look at how that can be best achieved.

Training will includes

Introduction to WSUD best practices on development sites.
We look at the Sustainable Design Assessment in Planning Process (SDAPP) program used by most Melbourne metropolitan councils, as well as how BESS, STORM, InSite Water, Music and Green Star can be used to efficiently generate and assess the stormwater sustainability of planning permit applications.
Planning Approvals: We will look at local Council MSS, local activity centre, VPP and LPP policies that support and require stormwater sustainability assessment of applications.
Building Approvals: We look at how WSUD relates to Stormwater Connection Permits.
We look at the principles of the Volume Management, and how the new ARR (Engineers Australia 2016) can be applied to Council drainage connection permits. The new ARR is significant because it is what the legal community will use when deciding cases of flood liability and professional malpractice.
Introduction on how to use InSite water ( within Council as an integrated water management design and assessment framework.

About Sustainable Stormwater

Sustainable Stormwater Strategy considers the impact of forecast urbanisation and climate change on water quality and stormwater infrastructure. The creation of new growth areas and forecast infill development will result in an increase of impervious areas within water catchments. This will increase the total volume of stormwater runoff and pollutants discharging to the waterways, which will result in increased pressure on the existing drainage infrastructure. Source Control measures outlined in this training allow Councils and Developers to reduce the impacts of new developments and redevelopments on existing stormwater infrastructure.

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Sustainable Design Assessment for Planners Training
This course is an introduction to sustainable design assessment in the planning system for Planners and other relevant Council officers such Sustainability referrals officers. We look at the Sustainable Design Assessment in Planning Process (SDAPP) program used by most Melbourne metropolitan councils, as well as how BESS and Green Star can be used to efficiently generate and assess the sustainability of planning permit applications.

What you get

This online training will deliver video training (as videos of live courses and as narrated PowerPoint slides), and a downloadable comprehensive workbook.

This is a Council License, so it covers all Council staff from the subscribing Council for one year. Users are set up by emailing us a list of emails for all planners and Council staff that wish to access the training. We will then set up each user with their own account and send them a personalised login link.

The course takes about 4 hours to complete, which can be in one session or over a couple of days or weeks. Modules are broken into shorter 20 minute segments to allow desk based – user paced learning.

What’s in the course?
An overview of the SDAPP program used by most Metropolitan Councils in Melbourne
How BESS and Green Star can be used to efficiently generate and assess the sustainability of planning permit applications
Local Council MSS, local activity centre, VPP and LPP policies that support and require sustainability assessment of applications, and
The most efficient way to assess smaller applications, and how to refer more complex applications for assessment.
The course will provide a technically accurate, comprehensive training package delivered in a professional and engaging manner at each training session, enabling and supporting the use of the Sustainable Design Assessment in Planning. The training is based on training given to Monash Council in Melbourne, Australia.

At the end of the course you will receive a training certificate.

Training Content

Council ESD Policy and the planners role
Key assessment categories and criteria under the ESD policy, e.g. Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environment, Water Resources, Stormwater Management, Urban Ecology, Transport and Waste Management
Assessing and processing – BESS reports – checking for best outcomes, common mistakes, and what to look out for in terms of areas that may need some more detailed information from the applicant.
Key messages and resources for applicants. We will also discuss where to find further information and assistance.
About the trainer
Ian Adams from Organica Engineering is an experienced public speaker and trainer, regularly providing training at the highest level in the building industry.

He is a certified assessor and trainer for the Green Building Council of Australia, and has has extensive experience in implementing Green Star for many projects and in training and facilitation of workshops for the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Ian regularly lectures at RMIT and Melbourne Universities on sustainable design and city infrastructure.

He has been instrumental in helping develop industry toolkits such as BESS, Green Star, STEPS, the SDS planning assessment tool, and he has an in-depth knowledge of how to implement sustainable design in buildings. Formerly he worked as Sustainability Coordinator for Frasers (Australand) guiding their implementation of ESD into over 1,000 housing, industrial, commercial and apartment buildings.

Ian works part time as a planning sustainability referrals officer at Knox Council, and he has assisted many metropolitan Councils with establishing their sustainability assessment in planning and capital words programs.

Testimonials for Ian’s training:

“One word – Informative”
“Very well presented with good balance of visuals, concepts and using relevant examples.”
“Excellent. I had no knowledge about the area. Ian made it interesting even for the novice. He also made it clear that there are no simple solutions. I enjoyed learning from an expert that appreciated complexity.”

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Want to know more? Please download the brochure for Council Training Subscriptions. Please contact us for in-house training quotes.

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