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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:
-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
-outdoor entertainment area with integrated BBQ facilities.”