Whitehorse City Council

Sustainable Design Assessment

A Sustainable Design Assessment (SDA) is required for medium developments, comprising of three to nine residential dwellings or 500m2 to 1000m2 of non-residential Gross Floor Area (GFA). An SDA can be prepared by either of the two methods listed below: 

Rating Tool Assisted
Council recommends the use of the Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) to assist in the preparation of your SDA. BESS is a free online sustainability assessment tool purpose-built for the Sustainable Design Assessment in the Planning Process (SDAPP) framework. Use of this tool will allow applicants to easily demonstrate that their project meets minimum environmental compliance standards.

You can access BESS at www.bess.net.au

BESS replaces the STEPS (residential) and SDS (non-residential) assessment tools.

An SDA can be submitted by enclosing the printout of the BESS report with your planning application.

Please note: where applicable, please ensure that ESD features outlined in the SDA are clearly annotated on your architectural plans.