Developers Who Build Green Will Get Green Back from Brisbane Council

Developers Who Build Green Will Get Green Back from Brisbane Council

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Brisbane developers who meet a host of green requirements for new buildings will be given a 50 per cent infrastructure charge rebate by Brisbane City Council under a new scheme.

Announced by lord mayor Adrian Schrinner in the council’s June budget, the scheme is designed to encourage buildings tailored to Brisbane’s subtropical climate, with high-density greenery and design elements such as rooms open to collect natural ventilation.

Brisbane's high-rise future may see more green and greenery-covered buildings in the CBD under a council incentive scheme.

Brisbane’s high-rise future may see more green and greenery-covered buildings in the CBD under a council incentive scheme.CREDIT:LUCY STONE

At the council’s city planning committee on Tuesday, councillors were given more details on how the rebate would operate and its requirements.

Infrastructure rebates have been used by the council in the past to motivate certain forms of development as needed, such as more aged care and retirement living.

City planning committee chairwoman Krista Adams said the council would introduce the half-price infrastructure charges for new residential and commercial office buildings.

“We have looked for ways to encourage the delivery of new, well-designed green and energy-efficient buildings and believe this incentive will see more consideration given to these favourable designs,” Cr Adams said.

“From this incentive residents can expect to see buildings which incorporate green walls and rooftops, shade and landscaping throughout.

“Singapore has set a high standard for green, sustainable buildings and this incentive should drive similar green designs right here in Brisbane.”

Developers will be paid the rebate once the building has been completed and verified as meeting the standards required by the council.

Developments must be a minimum of three storeys in height, approved by the council between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2022, and a request for the incentive is lodged between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.

Commercial buildings will have to meet a set minimum of the council’s Buildings that Breathe sub-elements, such as careful orientation of the building, the addition of sky terraces and natural ventilation, setbacks, shading and a “green plot ratio” that includes concepts such as green roofs, deep planting and green walls.

The Buildings that Breathe document has more than 30 elements and sub-elements. Buildings between three and seven storeys must meet 15 sub-elements to qualify, while towers between eight and 15 storeys must meet 20 sub-elements, and towers more than 15 storeys must meet 25 sub-elements.

Towers up to 15 storeys must also have a green plot ratio of 37.5 per cent, meaning the building must have that percentage of plant and tree coverage, while towers 16 to 25 storeys must have 75 per cent, and more than 25 storeys must be 125 per cent covered to qualify.

Residential buildings have similar requirements, but a higher density of greenery coverage and a minimum of a five-star Green Star Rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, carbon neutral certification and additional ratings.

The incentive scheme will go before the council chamber next week for approval.

Source: Brisbane Times