WestWyck EcoVillage Sustainability

Urban developments built now and into the future will have a lasting effect on the sustainability of our cities. They also influence how comfortable, convenient, safe and affordable our lives are. Westwyck EcoVillage aims to provide a new benchmark in sustainable living in Australia. Their commitment to design and operational strategies to improve the long term sustainability of the development is not easily paralleled and has resulted in a coveted endorsement from One Planet Communities, putting its commitment to sustainability in the company of international projects of excellence.

The Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) has built on the work undertaken by ESD consultants - Organica Engineering and the BioRegional team through their One Planet Action Plan to communicate and benchmark the

project across the 10 key principles of One Planet living, which broaden MEFL's environmental Sustainable Urban Development Framework principle to incorporate social and economic initiatives as well.

Introduction and project context

Project Summary
The WestWyck EcoVillage occupies the buildings and grounds of the former Brunswick West Primary School, between Hunter Street to the south and Victoria Street to the north of the site in West Brunswick. The site has been developed as an urban 'eco-village' - its success being determined by the delivery of environmental sustainability principles and the creation of a place with a sense of community. The current phase of the project - Stage 2 incorporates 18 new residential dwellings to complement existing development at the site.

Stage 2 includes;

  • Refurbishment of the northern half of the old Brunswick West Primary School
  • 5 warehouse style apartments located in the northern side of the Victorian era school building
  • 13 new residential apartments fronting Victoria Street This builds on the success of Stage 1, which included;
  • Refurbishment of the southern half of the old Brunswick West Primary School
  • 5 new townhouses fronting Hunter Street
  • 7 warehouse style apartments within the heritage listed school building


On site connections = a pathway stroll


Maintaining on-site biodiversity


Sustainable timber - a low embodied energy resource


Connections to the local community

One Planet Living

What is One Planet?
The One-Planet concept was originally developed by BioRegional and WWF to provide a holistic approach to reducing Ecological Footprint. BioRegional are now using these principles to lead the creation of an international network of exemplary and sustainable developments in diverse contexts across the globe - which BioRegional call One Planet Communities. Fundamental to this is the goal of reducing the ecologic footprint of a community from four planets (currently the Australian average) to one. Implicit in this is the understanding that not only built form contributes to an ecologic footprint, but that food consumption and transport habits for example are integral. One Planet incorporates the 10 key principles below.

One Planet Action Plan
WestWyck's development team through BioRegional has developed an action plan which sets out a plan to reduce the footprint of each resident to a one-planet level by 2020. The plan outlines with respect to each of the ten principles how international targets will be met at the outset and the ongoing operation, measurement and monitoring practices will contribute to the meeting of these targets. The One Planet Action Plan is necessarily a technical document that sets out complex metrics for meeting targets. This tailored Urban Development Framework provides MEFL's independent review of the development and benchmarks the commitments against local and international targets to improve community and stakeholder understanding of the project..

# Principle Concept Action
1 Zero Carbon ?? Reducing energy consumption and using renewable energy to power the rest
2 Zero Waste ?? Reducing waste, resusing where possible and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill
3 Sustainable Transport ?? Reducing the need to travel and encouraging low carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions
4 Sustainable Materials ?? Using sustainable products that come from ethical sources and have low embodied energy
5 Local and Sustainable Food ?? Low impact, seasonal and organic food choices and reducing food waste
6 Sustainable Water ?? Using water more efficiently in buildings and tackling local flooding and stormwater issues through better management
6 Land Use and Wildlife ?? Protecting and expanding old habitats and creating new space for wildlife
6 Culture and Community ?? Reviving local identity and wisdom: supporting and participating in the arts.
6 Equity and Local Economy ?? Inclusive, empowering workplaces with equitable pay, support for local communities and fair trade
6 Health and Happiness ?? Encouraging active, socialable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being