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Green Smart Magazine : GreenSmart 2010
greensmart 2010 27 smarthomes Lochiel Park has a strong infrastructure program too. Its stormwater recycling system involves a sophisticated diversion structure that sends untreated water previously discharged into the River Torrens into the two wetlands instead. They are located in the north and south of the residential section of the site, and use two gross pollutant traps to clean the water. A bio-retention filtration system treats all stormwater run-off from the Lochiel Park streets, footpaths and overflow from rainwater tanks. 'The stormwater collected from the north is then discharged into the River Torrens with considerably less pollutant loads, while the water from the larger southern catchment -- of about 190 hectares -- is "harvested" to provide the source water to the houses for toilet flushing, washing machine cold water connection and irrigation,' Wayne explains. Each house is fitted with an EcoVision inhouse resource consumption display unit, which measures in real time the consumption of resources including mains water, rainwater, recycled water, electricity, gas and PV power generation. Residents simply access the user interface screen located in their house, usually somewhere prominent such as the kitchen, to view their current and aggregate utility consumption and PV power generation. Each house will be individually monitored to give whole-of-estate data, which can be compared against the Adelaide average. It's part of a nine-year commitment by LMC to monitor all of the sustainability objectives in the project. www.ecovisionsolutions.com.au. ideas everyone can use > ABOVE: The wetland systems contribute to biodiversity in the development. FAR LEFT: All homes have PV cells, solar hot water and energy-efficient appliances. LEFT: With a range of dwellings, the development has an overall density of 25 houses per hectare. In addition, all homes must have a minimum 1500-litre rainwater tank to supply all hot water. 'Our aim is to achieve 78 per cent potable water reduction compared to Adelaide's 2004 average. We are also facilitating a voluntary offsetting program in the future for residents, so they can claim [any] offset of their carbon emissions,' Wayne says. During construction, energy efficiency was paramount and LMC engaged an innovative Australian company -- BSMART Australia -- that specialises in new building technologies. BSMART cleverly manufactured raw excavated material from the southern wetlands into bricks and pavers, which have very little embodied energy. As a result, many of the homes and much of the village's paved areas currently use its pavers for landscaping. The road base materials are recycled too, while timber from Port Adelaide wharf is used for seating in PUBLIC ART AND SCULPTURE RECOGNISE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE LOCAL KAURNA COMMUNITY