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Green Smart Magazine : 2009_new
Stockland secured the site in 2003 when it was occupied by the somewhat dated Totem Shopping Centre, with the plan to develop it as a sustainable residential community. Stockland collaborated closely with Manly Council to ensure it added significant value to the community while minimising local disruption. Secondly, a distinctive feature of the area is that residents of the northern beaches are passionate about their local area and its green outdoor amenities, and The Village needed to reflect this by blending in with the environment. Great care was taken to maximise the sun by orienting each apartment to the north. Similarly, the open-air plaza takes advantage of a northerly aspect. The site naturally slopes downward in both a northerly and easterly direction and taller apartment buildings have been positioned toward the back of the site to blend in with the existing urban fabric. smart essentials • heat exchange system • 500,000-litre rainwater tank • native plants • recycling of waste material from site • generous spacing between apartment blocks. greensmart 2009 59 GREAT CARE WAS TAKEN TO MAXIMISE THE SUN BY ORIENTING EACH APARTMENT TO THE NORTH > 'A number of design features have been incorporated within dwellings to maximise the potential for natural ventilation and thermal comfort,' Steve says. The north-south orientation of each apartment also takes advantage of the sea breezes that flow through each apartment, thus reducing the need for airconditioning and artificial lighting. Louvred screens to most balconies reduce heat and glare, while Variety and identity are created by differentiating the roof lines, while colour, configuration and outdoor spaces are used to ensure each entry point has its own identity. Established native trees and flora complement the plant life in the local area. Thirdly, 'green' refers to The Village's strong sustainable features and its innovative technology. 'The key innovation is our heat exchange system.' Steve says. 'It's the first ever used in a mixed-use facility to our knowledge. Simply, the heat generated from the retail airconditioners in the new shopping centre is captured and reused to heat water in the apartments and an outdoor swimming pool.' This initiative will reduce energy use in apartments by about 30 per cent and has the effect of taking about 100 large cars off the road annually. Also integral to the design is the 500,000- litre rainwater tank that sits beneath the development. The water harvesting system collects rainfall from about 6400 square metres of roof area across the development and stores it in the tank for use in residential washing machines, toilets and subsurface irrigation of landscaped areas. 'It is estimated that the annual savings of potable water across the development is more than 6,600,000 litres,' Steve says. Alongside the innovative water and waste systems, key GreenSmart principles have also been adopted in the development's construction. BELOW: Residents of Stockland's The Village will be able to enjoy their environment while living sustainably