Neighbourhood scale projects like New Epping have a unique opportunity to regenerate a natural environment whilst ensuring new buildings provide the benefits of sustainability for people – comfort, health, low operating costs and a reduced carbon footprint.
Liam Wallis, HIP V. HYPE
EDGARS CREEK REGENERATION
The regeneration of New Epping’s natural environment means residents, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy a previously inaccessible lake and a long-dormant stretch of Edgars Creek.
A 3.2km nature loop with educational nodes will weave through the centre of New Epping providing the ideal place to walk, run, cycle relax and socialise.
PARKS & RESERVES
Nestled within New Epping’s neighbourhoods will be parks, playgrounds, nature play activities, barbecue facilities and spaces for reflection.
CONNECTION TO COUNTRY
New Epping is committed to ongoing consultation with the traditional owners of the land, the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung, and is engaged in a design process to embed cultural knowledge into the precinct.
KEY COMMITMENTS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Underpinned by green practices, New Epping will be an exemplar for healthy, active and sustainable living.
NET ZERO TARGET
All new homes and commercial buildings at New Epping will maximise renewable energy generation and storage while eliminating operational carbon.
New Epping will occupy 51ha of regenerated land that was previously a quarry. This includes the regeneration of Edgars Creek and the surrounding wetlands.
Along with an overall focus on protecting and preserving native flora and fauna, a dedicated conservation strategy has been developed for the endangered Growling Grass Frogs at New Epping.
A significant part of the regeneration of New Epping’s natural landscape will be the planting of approximately 200,000 new plants.
NATURAL LIGHT & VENTILATION
New Epping’s masterplan and building designs have been optimised to maximise daylight and natural ventilation in response to local environmental conditions.
Biophilic design principles inform New Epping’s built form, with a connection to nature a key design driver and buildings designed and sited to maximise health, wellness and sustainability outcomes.
New Epping will adopt water efficiency measures that aim to reduce potable water usage by 30 per cent for most buildings.
There will be ongoing education for commercial tenants and residents about the impacts of resource use and waste creation.
Electric vehicle service infrastructure will be integrated into New Epping. As electric vehicle uptake increases, this will ensure a seamless transition for the community.
Rooftop solar power has been proposed for all buildings at New Epping.
During the construction of New Epping, there will be a landfill diversion target of 90 per cent for all construction waste.
New Epping will foster social connection through shared community amenity such as community gardens and tool libraries.