Bushmead awarded top honours for environmental development

19 September 2018

Cedar Woods Properties’ flagship development Bushmead was last night awarded the 2018 UDIA EnviroDevelopment Chairman’s Choice Award for WA, in recognition of Cedar Woods’ conservation efforts and exemplary innovation and design techniques to overcome environmental challenges.  

Part of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA)’s 2018 Awards for Excellence, the award acknowledges the Bushmead development’s significant and outstanding response to the current need for conservation efforts and environmental improvement.

Set amongst 185 hectares of retained bushland, 16 kilometres from the Perth CBD, Bushmead

is one of the exclusive WA projects to hold the prestigious six-leaf certification under the UDIA EnviroDevelopment program.

Cedar Woods State Manager Ben Rosser said the award recognised the outstanding environmental initiatives the company had developed to reduce the Bushmead’s environmental footprint, conserve the natural environment and instil a sense of community in the residents.

“Industry leading environmental initiatives implemented at Bushmead included reusing and recycling at least 60 per cent of construction waste within the estate; using a minimum of 20 per cent of reused or recycled materials in construction; strict design requirements on water and energy use; and offering a $10,000 Enviro Package for buyers that includes PV solar cells and plumbed-in water tanks,” Mr Rosser said.

“What we are creating at Bushmead is a truly unique development that aligns with Cedar Woods’ vision to acquire unique sites that complement the company’s aptitude for excellent planning, environmental enhancement and high- quality design.”

The highly-regarded UDIA award goes to a development that demonstrates how environmental challenges have been overcome, and where research, innovation and design or construction techniques have enabled a significant and outstanding response to a need for conservation and environmental improvement.

In the judges’ comments, the EnviroDevelopment Chairman and Board Members recognised Cedar Woods’ extraordinary commitment to delivering a truly sustainable and liveable community:

“Cedar Woods’ innovative approaches to creating strong community engagement as well as education programs in local schools and sustainability workshops to help residents reduce their ecological footprint are all excellent initiatives.”

Entries into this category must be projects that have undergone or are in the process of receiving UDIA EnviroDevelopment certification.

The six-leaf certification means Bushmead has achieved outstanding performance in six elements – ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.

In addition, Cedar Woods has worked with the Waste Authority and Earthcare Recycling for a Waste Wise garden makeover project delivered by The Forever Project (TFP) and ActiveSustainability.

Cedar Woods is also working closely with residents and stakeholders to develop and deliver innovative, high-quality sustainability initiatives that will continue far beyond the company’s involvement with the estate.

These include nature education programs with local schools, tree-planting days with local environmental groups and sustainability workshops.