ESD toolkit

We have compiled a toolkit of tools, resources and case studies to assist residents and professionals to achieve environmentally sustainable best practice in Moonee Valley.

Tools and resources

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) fact sheets

The following suite of sustainable design fact sheets outline the 10 Key Sustainable Building Categories to support the SDAPP program. They 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.

They were developed by IMAP (Inner Melbourne Action Plan) consisting of Port Phillip, Stonnington, Melbourne, Yarra and Maribyrnong councils.

If you are interested in learning about sustainable design, two key IMAP fact sheets can assist, SDAPP Explained and ESD Tools.

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.

Case studies

As one of Moonee Valley's partners supporting Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP), Yarra City Council has been a leader implementing environmentally sustainable development and the SDAPP framework for nearly a decade.

They also showcase a number of high-performing ESD developments as case studies for the development community to utilise.

Small development

90 Chestnut Street, Cremorne

Development summary: An existing period terrace home has been extended by a prefabricated two-storey modular home. The compact design accommodates a three bedroom home on a very small inner urban site (approx. 125m2) without compromising access to daylight and natural ventilation. A green roof will be installed that greatly enhances the site’s permeability and ecological value. Read more from the project team here. Read more from the project team.

Medium development

17-19 Little Wellington Street, Collingwood

Development summary: The development includes a warehouse conversion into two self-contained apartments and a three storey townhouse. The project shows exemplary design solutions that ensure good access to daylight and natural ventilation albeit with the constraints of a small site footprint and an existing warehouse structure. Furthermore, it incorporates innovative technology for renewable electricity and solar hot water. Read more from the owner/developer.

Large development

366 Church Street, Richmond

Development summary: The development involved the demolition of an existing building and the construction of a new multi-storey residential building. The building will comprise 31 one and two-bedroom units, including basement car parking. Read more from the project team.

Last updated: Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 6:11 AM