Sustainability and Environment
Be part of a community that values and protects its natural environment.
Green really is good at Alkimos Beach. Not only because around one third of our community is reserved for things like parks, bushlands, and playing fields. It’s equally good because Alkimos Beach is the first Australian community to achieve a 6-Star Green-Star certification by the Green Building Council of Australia – demonstrating world leadership in environmental design and construction.
Alkimos Beach will also be the first community in Australia to trial energy storage technology, which will be delivered by DevelopmentWA and Lendlease, along with Western Australian energy retailer Synergy, and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Infrastructure planning is underway and volunteer participant recruitment will commence soon, with the trial planned to start in early 2016 and last for four years. It is expected more than 100 Alkimos Beach residents will volunteer to participate in the trial that will provide a better understanding of how community scale infrastructure combined with energy efficiency incentives may help manage and reduce household energy costs.
Alkimos Beach has been purposefully designed in harmony with its natural surrounds. Water conservation, energy-saving initiatives, and reducing waste are just some examples of why belonging to this community means belonging to a sustainable community with long-term benefits for all. Our aim is to help you design a smart home that can help you achieve savings of up to 50 percent on your home electricity and water bills as well as reducing your carbon emissions. We’re helping residents play an active role in the Alkimos Beach of tomorrow through:
- An energy efficient air-conditioner upgrade rebate for every home.
- An in-home, real-time electricity monitor provided for every home.
- Contribution towards a 1kW solar panel system bonus for every home.
- Rebate for gas boosted solar hot water system.
- A front yard landscaping package with carefully selected native species (please note, initiatives may vary in each village).
Other initiatives at Alkimos Beach include:
- A comprehensive green behaviours change program for residents with a simple home user guide provided for each home.
- A Display Village that showcases examples of the Alkimos Beach Smart Home.
- Carefully designed public open space to maximise water efficiency.
Learn more about Alkimos Beach being awarded all six leaves of the Urban Development Institute of Australia's EnviroDevelopment tool.
Reduce your Living Costs
Save money and reduce your carbon emissions by changing the way you use energy and water inside and outside the home. Installing an in-home energy display can help you see what impact these behaviours have on your energy consumption.
- Switch lights off when you leave the room.
- Take advantage of our beautiful climate by drying your clothes naturally outside.
- Ensure your dishwasher is full for every wash cycle.
- Wash your clothes with cold water to reduce water-heating costs – cold water washing can also extend the life of your clothes.
- Wash your clothes and dishes using the eco-cycle. It’s generally shorter and uses less water.
- Shower to your favourite 4-minute song. Shorter showers save water and energy by reducing water use and water heating demand.
- Take less baths, as they can use a huge volume of water.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
- Use the single flush on your toilet.
- Check your taps regularly for leaks.
- Collect unsoapy water from your shower or bath and use it on your garden.
- Cover your pool or spa to reduce evaporation.
- Water your plants in the early morning or the early evening to reduce evaporation.
Keep Your Home Cool in Summer
Living in Perth, we’re privileged to beautiful weather. In summer that means hot winds blowing from the east until lunchtime, before being replaced by cooler south-westerly wind in the mid-afternoon. Follow these simple tips to cool your home naturally:
- Open south-facing windows in the afternoon to push out any hot air trapped inside and create air circulation inside your home.
- Keep your blinds closed to keep the sun out and the cool air in.
- Utilise fans rather than air conditioning to save on energy bills.
- Store rugs and mats away in summer so your tiles or polished concrete stay cool.
- If you choose to switch on your air conditioner, keep the thermostat between 24-26°C. For every degree you decrease your thermostat in summer, your bill will increase by up to 10 percent.
Keep Your Home Warm in Winter
Winter in Perth brings a cool change, the design of your home should help keep you nice and snug in winter. Follow these simple tips to warm your home naturally:
- Open up any northerly-facing blinds and curtains to flood your home with warm natural light.
- Lay rugs or mats on tiled or polished concrete floor to improve heat retention.
- Keep some warm blankets on the couch to cover yourself when it’s cold, rather than using heaters.
- Keep the thermostat on your air conditioner between 18-21°C.
Turn your Waste into Resources
Recyclable materials include paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, steel and aluminium containers. Help turn your waste into resources by following these simple tips:
- Split the recyclable waste materials in the kitchen, using a simple system built under a bench.
- Use a separate container for fruit and vegetable scraps that could go into your compost bin or worm farm.
- Designate a spot in your garden for a composting system to absorb your kitchen and vegetable garden waste.
- Designate a spot in your garden for a worm farm. Worms eat any organic material and turn it into liquid fertiliser. Make sure you dilute the fertiliser with water before you put it on your plants.
EPBC Approved Management Plans and Annual Compliance Reports
The following three management plans as well as the compliance reports have been prepared to satisfy Condition 3, 10, 11 and 12 of the EPBC Act approval which require the preparation, submission and publication of an Annual Compliance Report, a Foreshore Management Plan, a Precinct Landscape and Revegetation Management Plan and a Conservation Area Management Plan.
- Download the Precinct Landscape and Revegetation Plan
- Download the Foreshore Management Plan
- Download the Conservation Area Management Plan
- Download the 2016 EPBC 2011/5902 Annual Compliance Report
- Download the 2015 EPBC 2011/5902 Annual Compliance Report
- Download the 2014 EPBC 2011/5902 Annual Compliance Report
- Download the 2013 EPBC 2011/5902 Annual Compliance Report