At The Village Building Co. we like to ‘tread’ a light environmental footprint.

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Targetted development

Targetting development sites located in close proximity to public transport, providing easy access to shopping and employment centres to reduce the carbon footprint of our residents

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Housing diversity

Encouraging a mix of integrated single title and multi-unit housing in order to create strong, vibrant and diverse communities and to achieve socially responsible densities

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Renewable resources

Harnessing and utilising renewable resources to achieve long term sustainability

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Water efficiency

Ensuring every home we build incorporates water efficient fixtures and appliances

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Lighting efficiency

Choosing energy efficient lighting in our homes

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Renewable energy

Utilising renewable energy technology where possible, such as solar hot water

“We pride ourselves on achieving sustainable outcomes for all our developments, delivering not only tangible positive benefits for our communities today, but maintaining and enhancing prospects for the future.”

Case studies in Environmental Sustainability

The Fair at North Watson in the ACT is a 316 home integrated housing development located in the inner North of Canberra and adjacent to the 330 hectare Mount Majura Nature Reserve.

The Mount Majura Nature Reserve is home to the endangered Yellow Box-Red Gum Woodland and habitat for the threatened Swift Parrot, and The Village Building Co. is working collaboratively with the North Canberra Community Council, Friends of Mount Majura, Watson Community Association and The Conservation Council ACT Region to enhance the Nature Reserve.

Environmental initiatives include:

  • Construction of a walking trail from the community into the Nature Reserve.
  • Addition of interpretive nature displays.
  • Ongoing maintenance and weed control.
  • Education of community residents to create awareness of the environmentally sensitive areas of the Nature Reserve.

In addition to our standard sustainability initiatives such as solar hot water and energy efficient fixtures and fittings, the development also utilises stormwater recycling to maintain parkland and front gardens and verges. Additionally, all homes are designed with a one car garage to encourage the use of the bus service at the community entrance, thereby helping reduce the carbon footprint.

We want our residents to enjoy living in an environmentally sensitive community that will ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Edgewood Estate, a 40-hectare residential estate in the northern Wollongong suburb of Woonona, NSW, was originally a clay quarry and brick making operation prior to being purchased by The Village Building Co.






The community of around 700 homes includes a diverse range of housing types such as detached homes, townhouses, apartments and seniors’ living.

After a century of brick making, the site was severely degraded and required considerable restoration before development could commence.

Environmental initiatives include:

  • Recycling over 250,000 tonnes of material for use in the development.
  • Restoration of creeks.
  • Reduction of downstream storm water run-off problems.
  • Development of landscaped recreational areas for the benefit of community residents.

The Hub at Bruce is a mixed use development in the ACT comprising 272 apartments and commercial space. It also incorporates an array of important environmental initiatives and have been designed with a clear focus on achieving a high quality “green” environment.

Environmental initiatives include:

  • Installation of ‘grey water’ recycling systems that utilise treated household waste water to irrigate common area landscape throughout the complex. The grey water system drains into a collection tank and is then pumped to a deep sand filtration bed where it is treated, then stored in a holding tank to be pumped onto landscape areas.
  • Implementation of renewable energy technology using grid-interactive or two-way grid interconnection. The system uses sophisticated control equipment so that a 10kw photovoltaic array can generate close to 40kwh/day, which offsets the running costs for lighting of all common areas.
  • Use of solar power collected by a roof mounted photovoltaic array and fed back into the grid which is then connected to the House Services Distribution Board supplementing the power to car park and stairwell lighting, basement roller shutter operation, hydraulic pump control and solar hot water tubes used to pre-heat water.