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Community gardens new recognised by Green Star Building Ratings!

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on August 27th, 2008

Community gardening is now recognised in the Green Star building ratings (see http://www.gbca.org.au/) in the new pilot program for multi-residential buildings. Hopefully this will encourage more people to incorporate community gardens into urban design and planning! You can see the original document at http://www.gbca.org.au/green-star/rating-tools/green-star-multi-unit-residential-pilot/1620.htm

The details are:

Credit summary for Communal Garden Facilities

Aim of Credit:
To encourage and recognise the provision of communal outdoor amenities as a way of reducing demand for separate gardens or facilities and thus reduce the ecological impact of the residential sector.

Credit Criteria Summary:
– Up to three points are awarded where a minimum 25% of the site area is developed as a communal garden and provides a range of facilities: active and passive spaces for both adults and children,
individual and communal activities, hard and soft landscaping.
One credit point is awarded where the minimum communal garden area is provided and at least 3 of the following facilities are provided;
Two credit point are awarded where the minimum communal garden area is provided and 6 or more of the following facilities are provided; and
Three credit points are awarded where the minimum communal garden area is provided and 9 of the following facilities are provided.

The features/ facilities are:
-compost facilities
-garden plots that can be tendered by residents
-communal or individual vegetable gardens
-in-ground deep soil planting capable of supporting large trees
-landscaped areas for quiet contemplation
-landscaped areas for active play
-natural clothes drying facilities
-playground area
-outdoor entertainment area with integrated BBQ facilities.”