ESD resources and tools

We have compiled a toolkit of resources to assist residents and professionals with input into Moonee Valley’s built environment to achieve environmentally sustainable best practice.

Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS)

To prepare a Sustainable Design Assessment project developers can use BESS, an online calculator with the capability to demonstrate how your project meets minimum environmental compliance standards.

BESS replaces earlier tools STEPS and SDS. Planning applicants can use BESS to assess any size and type of building, including mixed use developments. We are a paid subscriber to BESS, so planning applicants in Moonee Valley can use it without charge.

As BESS can streamline your planning permit process, guidance and training on the tool are also available. Find out more.


The STORM tool is designed to be very user friendly and is available for use by the general public. Typical users will also be consultants, developers, architects, builders and local government staff. The STORM tool can be used to assess whether best practice water quality objectives have been achieved for your site.

Results of STORM assessments can be submitted to council along with the development application to demonstrate compliance with objectives. 


MUSIC can model a wide range of treatment devices to identify the best way to capture and reuse stormwater runoff, remove its contaminants, and reduce runoff frequency. With MUSIC you can evaluate these treatment devices to achieve WSUD and integrated water management capability goals.

You can apply MUSIC at a range of catchment scales. By using it to compare alternative designs you can confidently decide on those that give the best outcomes - based on cost as well as hydrology and receiving-water quality.


The Tankulator is an online rain harvesting calculator that can help you plan for a new rainwater tank or improve the performance of an existing tank. The Tankulator has been developed by the Alternative Technology Association, Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting sustainable solutions for the home. 

Sun calculator

SunCalc is an online app that shows sun movement and sunlight phases during any given day and hour at any location you type in.

Users can see sun positions at sunrise, a specified time and sunset, which is useful for developers considering shading and passive solar access at specific times of the year, along with a number of other uses. 

Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) Sustainable design fact sheets

Recently the Cities of Port Phillip, Stonnington, Melbourne and Yarra developed and launched a suite of contemporary sustainable design Fact Sheets for developers and residents. The Fact Sheets outline the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories to support the SDAPP program which over 20 Victorian Councils now support.

The fact sheets provide detailed advice on sustainable building design at the planning permit application stage, which is useful whether you are working on a small renovation or a large development. Each fact sheet provides useful links and references and defines Best Practice Standards. 

Your Home Technical Manual 

Your Home is a comprehensive guide to the design principles and features that add value to your home and reduce its environmental impact.

Your Home was written to make the process of creating sustainable homes and renovations easier for a range of different groups. Its content and design were informed by research with homeowners, architects, designers and builders to find out what information they needed most and how they wanted it presented.

Windows Efficiency Rankings 

The Window Energy Rating Scheme (WERS) enables windows to be rated and labelled for their annual energy impact on a whole house, in any climate of Australia. WERS is managed by the Australian Window Association (AWA). WERS is independent of any one manufacturer and acts as a fair, rigorous and credible system for testing performance claims.

WERS-rated windows must meet all relevant Australian standards. To realise their full potential, WERS ratings are designed to 'plug in' to NatHERS, Australia's Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme accredited software.

A Guide to Green Roofs, Walls and Facades, in Melbourne and Victoria 

The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne project investigates the potential to transform Melbourne’s roofs, walls and facades into vegetated, leafy habitats. The Guide was the winner of the 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

A guide was developed for the design, construction and maintenance of green roofs, walls and facades in Melbourne and Victoria. Find out more on the Growing Green Guide for Melbourne Project website.

Sustainability and heritage case studies

Many people in Moonee Valley are looking to extend or renovate their heritage homes. Heritage Victoria is an excellent resource with a number of case studies incorporating sustainability and heritage for both small and large developments.

Last updated: Monday, 5 June 2017, 2:50 AM