Urban Renewal Authority URA (formerly Land Management Corporation) is delivering Lochiel Park as a nation-leading 'green village', a practical demonstration of the South Australian Government's vision for sustainable living; it is the newest major development in the Campbelltown Council area.
Lochiel Park Green Village exemplifies South Australia's Strategic Plan objective of 'Attaining Sustainability' by demonstrating that well-planned contemporary living can reduce ecological and carbon footprints while creating a sense of place in harmony with nature.
Reducing the developmental 'footprint'
Lochiel Park is multi-award-winning green development populated by an enlightened community committed to living sustainably through:
All houses in Lochiel Park are fitted with photovoltaic cells and, in addition to normal utilities, are serviced by non-potable water system (through on-site wetlands, pollutant traps and aquifer storage and recovery system) and gas-boosted solar hot water systems. All homes have a minimum 7.5 star thermal performance rating.
Two-thirds of the site has been established as an 'urban forest' comprising southern wetlands (for stormwater recycling), northern wetlands (a natural feature that also filters stormwater into the adjacent River Torrens) and extensive revegetation involving 160,000 new plantings. The site directly captures stormwater that previously went into the River Torrens from 260 hectares of land above Lochiel Park.
URA is the developer of the Lochiel Park Green Village. Two South Australian builders, Charterhouse by Hickinbotham Homes and Rossdale Homes, were selected to construct homes within Lochiel Park.
The design guidelines require significant effort by experienced designers and architects to ensure the most sustainable and cost-effective solutions. Encumbrances ensure that the Lochiel Park vision is achieved over time.
URA is responsible for the maintenance of the urban forest, wetlands and reserves. After practical completion of the development works maintenance will be handed over to the City of Campbelltown and SA Water.
Lochiel Park Community Garden
This community garden has really taken off since the inaugural meeting in June 2008.
The earth works to establish the garden started June 2010 and in November 2010 the first produce was picked.
The aims of this community garden are:
To find out more about the Community Garden including membership and plot fees, please contact the President, Jenny, on 0411 150 599 or email email@example.com.
For more information on the Lochiel Park project, please click here to visit the website.
Amongst the Lochiel Park Green Village development in Campbelltown Council an exciting new initiative is occurring in regards to pushing the boundaries in low carbon living.
The Zero Carbon Challenge is taking place through an initiative of the South Australian Government http://www.ura.sa.gov.au/Latestnews.aspx and Integrated Design Commission SA http://integrateddesign.sa.gov.au . A competition that has seen a number of consortiums formed to develop concepts to build a zero carbon house for the price of a conventional 3 bedroom home.
This competition concluded on the 29th February with the winner of the Zero Carbon Challenge -Australia’s first zero carbon sustainable house competition being announced. Team Collaborative Future were the winners out of four finalist teams tasked with designing a zero carbon home, taking into account key elements such as the embodied energy of a building, future emissions, liveability, affordability and adaptability.
The winning team now have the opportunity to bring their concept of a zero carbon home to life by building their design on Lot 61 at Lochiel Park Green Village in Campbelltown.
At a cost of around $335,000 (excluding GST), a 7.5 star rating, net zero operational energy and a 16- week construction time, the home that Team Collaborative Future has designed ticks a lot of boxes. The winning team was also awarded the people's choice award.
Construction is expected to commence mid year, with the house to be complete later in the year.
Progress of the build can be followed on the Zero Carbon Challenge Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zerocarbonchallenge