Luxury apartment building certified by EnviroDevelopment

Thursday, 07 November, 2013

An apartment development in Teneriffe, Brisbane, has been certified by the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) green rating tool EnviroDevelopment.

Ecco on Helen was awarded the certification for outstanding environmental outcomes in its treatment of waste, energy, materials, water and community. The luxury apartments will address the overall impact of the built environment on human health and its natural surroundings, with the environmental benefits also resulting in substantial cost savings to residents.

UDIA Queensland Immediate Past President Warren Harris congratulated developer PDMS Group for delivering a project that satisfies both the interests of potential buyers and the environment, proving that “a development can be both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sustainable”.

UDIA Qld Immediate Past President Warren Harris with PDMS Managing Director Nick Angelos.

Maximising the benefit of natural light and ventilation during the day and utilising energy-efficient LED lighting at night, Ecco successfully achieves a 42% reduction in greenhouse production above regulatory requirements. All units also benefit from cleverly designed cross-ventilation.

The development also features a four-storey art and sculpture installation in the central atrium, made predominantly from recycled materials. Residents and their visitors will be able to enjoy three large hanging leaf sculptures, a floor to ceiling three-dimensional art triptych (three-piece artwork) and several other freestanding metal floral sculptures.

Large hanging leaf sculpture in the central atrium.

It is located within close proximity to local shopping and dining facilities and is within walking distance of several gyms, coffee shops and the CityGlider bus. There is also easy access via riverside walking and bike tracks to nearby green spaces such as New Farm Park, Teneriffe Park and the Newstead River Park.

PDMS Group Managing Director Nick Angelos said he is committed to developing future projects with the environment firmly in mind.

“It makes sense not only for the environment, but our buyers now expect these features as their requirements for environmental sustainability become a buying must,” Angelos said.

“Further, the cost savings to the residents that these features provide are also a big plus,” he concluded.

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