Sustainable apartment living – what it looks like in 2021
When it comes to sustainability, Finbar is leading the way by building smarter; reducing not only negative impacts on the environment, but also reducing ongoing costs at the same time.
Most people think of veggie patches, recycling and water usage when they think of sustainability – not typically associated with most large scale developments.
However, as a responsible developer in 2021, creating great places to live that are sustainable as well as affordable has become a key focus.
Apartment living tends to be naturally more sustainable than family life in a free standing home. Simply by being smaller in size, less energy and water usage is guaranteed with less space to heat in winter, cool in summer and light at night. As is the lack of garden requiring water throughout our long hot summers.
Not only are units better for the planet, they’re often better for your bank balance.
At Finbar, our design decisions are influenced by the amount of waste being produced not only during construction but also for the lifetime of the development.
Which is why our Civic Heart project, currently under construction in South Perth, has sustainability at its core from construction to completion.
By using concrete replacement technology called Bubbledeck, which uses recycled plastic balls within the concrete slabs, we reduce not only the amount of concrete used by approximately 35% but also the number of concrete truck deliveries and amount of foundation load required.
Our rubbish compaction units at the bottom of rubbish chutes located on each floor significantly reduce landfill by achieving compaction rates of at least 50 per cent.
Civic Heart is designed to achieve “Australian Excellence” in water and energy efficiency with a centralised hot water system which is at least 65% more efficient than individual electric storage hot water systemsas well as a solar photovoltaic system to provide renewable power to common areas.
In every apartment, double glazing to external apartment windows will ensure excellent thermal properties, reducing occupants’ need for excessive heating and cooling, while smart electrical meters will allow occupants to monitor their power consumption in real time.
Energy consumption in shared lobby areas and carpark levels will be reduced by motion sensors.
Close to amenities and public transport options, apartment living is synonymous with reduced transport costs, commutes and CO2 emissions; encouraging people to walk, cycle or use public transport – transport options which are not as feasible for most suburban households.
Maximizing this, Civic Heart’s bike and car share services will cater for residents’ recreational needs while aiding in the reduction of vehicle use and ownership, while electric vehicle charging bays will accommodate and encourage the use of environmentally friendly electric vehicles.
Proving environmentally friendly construction and design of large scale development projects is possible from design right through to ongoing operation, Finbar is proud to deliver a project that will deliver sustainability for the benefit of the planet and generations to come.