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2 July 2018

Sustainability shapes sense of place

THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

Vivente by Richard Noble is the most recent development in Western Australia to achieve a prestigious EnviroDevelopment certifi cation from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA WA), with its certification announced in front of hundreds of property industry representatives at a UDIA WA luncheon yesterday.

EnviroDevelopment is a rigorous, scientifically-based assessment scheme that independently reviews development projects and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance in up to six sustainability elements.

A boutique-style community located in Hammond Park, south of Perth, Vivente has impressively achieved certification in the areas of ecosystems, water and community.

“UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment program only recognises those developments that meet a rigorous set of sustainability standards,” UDIA Chief Executive Officer Allison Hailes said.

“Richard Noble is continuing the good work they have achieved in the sustainability arena, given they were the first developer to achieve EnviroDevelopment certification in WA back in 2009 with Cygnia Cove in Waterford.”

Ms Hailes said Vivente was a fantastic example of how a development could have a positive impact on surrounding ecosystems, improve water efficiency and foster a healthy active community.

“In particular, the east-west green belt that runs through the centre of the development provides an ecological connection to the nearby regional reserve and incorporates extensive native planting, including foraging habitat for the Carnaby’s black cockatoo,” she said.

“Th e green belt also features public open space that is nestled into the bushland creating a strong sense of place and connection for residents with the local landscape, flora and fauna which is so important in today’s urban settings.

“The community at Vivente will also benefit from a range of initiatives the developer is putting in place to encourage healthy active living.”

Richard Noble Managing Director Alex Gregg said the developer’s three decades of experience allowed it to view Vivente as an opportunity to provide a diversity of housing choice while simultaneously raising the bar for sustainable living.

“One of the things we were passionate about was creating features that would help to bring people together in a very natural and social way,” he said.

“Jacob’s Ladder-style steps, fitness equipment, running and cycling tracks as well as yoga training spaces were all well-received at the concept stage and we’re looking forward to bringing these
elements to life later this year.”

Ms Hailes said UDIA was pleased the EnviroDevelopment program was recognising and encouraging the fantastic sense of community that places like Vivente were delivering for its residents.

“Water-efficient fittings, fixtures and appliances are also compulsory at Vivente, along with a waterwise landscaping package included in purchase, meaning residents will not only save water but money on their bills as well,” she said.

“Congratulations to Richard Noble on another well-deserved EnviroDevelopment certification.”