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 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.
An overview of the SDA 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.
- 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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