AVID to launch environmentally friendly Gold Coast housing estate, Amara

Six leaves is the new gold standard as developers look to create more environmentally sustainable communities within south east Queensland.
As the state’s population continues to surge, the need for more homes grows with it, placing pressure on greenfield developments and the impact accommodating the growth has on the environment.
EnviroDevelopment is a scientifically-based assessment scheme that independently reviews development projects, and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance across four or more of the provided elements, which includes categories; Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community.
AVID Property Group was an early adopter of independently reviewed EnviroDevelopment certification across its portfolio, continuing this accreditation with its new Northern Gold Coast housing development.
Prior to its official launch, Amara by AVID Property Group in Northern Gold Coast was recognised by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) receiving six ‘Leaf’ national EnviroDevelopment certification – the highest possible level of accreditation.
The first built form community in AVID’s portfolio to achieve this certification, Amara met rigorous criteria demonstrating outstanding performance across all six elements of assessment including ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water, and community.
AVID’s General Manager Queensland Bruce Harper said the developer is prioritising sustainable measures to align with exponential population growth and their sustainable savvy customers.
“With the anticipated population growth over the coming years there is both great responsibility and opportunity for our business’ ecological footprint,” Harper said.
“AVID recognises the need to move away from traditional practices and typical building materials to something more sustainable, whether it be power, water or materials, and has seamlessly adopted EnviroDevelopment as a core element of our business.
“We’re committed to creating communities which are truly sustainable and liveable, designed to use resources responsibly and offer a range of benefits to the homeowners such as low energy consumption and reduced water bills.”
As the Gold Coast region is renowned for its natural surroundings, AVID’s set out to create something that was community driven, with a future-focused and customer-centric mantra.
Once complete, Amara will boast 12.9-hectares of green spaces, with a 10-hectare fauna movement corridor adjacent the Pimpama River included in the area.
Amara will also comprise 5,700 sqm of activated parklands, incorporating recycled hard landscape materials, and green leafy spaces for shade and picnics.
Every home constructed will include energy efficient features such as solar panels, state of the art insulation and appliances, as well as an underlying Truecore steel framework, while the private gardens will include drought tolerant plan species to reduce demand on the local water supply.
Committed to creating communities which inspire its residents to choose a sustainable lifestyle, AVID’s southeast Queensland communities Harmony, Covella and Brentwood Forest have all received EnviroDevelopment Certification.
 
Article source:  www.urban.com.au