Announcement: Green kudos for The Village
The 2008 HIA-Boral GreenSmart Awards have awarded The Village – Balgowlah with Development Design Concept of the Year. Allen Jack+Cottier is the design architect on Stockland’s integrated mixed-use development. Located in Sydney’s northern beaches, The Village responds to people and place, engendering a casual lifestyle that’s very much in harmony with the surrounding community. Key outcomes of livability and long-term sustainability are largely addressed through the integration of retail and residential components. Standing out among many innovative elements is a heat exchange system that will utilise waste heat from the air-conditioning unit to provide hot water needs. A 500-kilolitre rain tank will service toilet flushing, clothes washing and irrigation, reducing the demand for potable water by six million litres a year. Native plants suited to prevailing conditions will be used in the garden and 90 per cent of materials from the previous demolition have already been reused or recycled.