A Sustainable Community

The Siding is The Green Swing’s second project. It is a continuation of the vision for sustainability and community the owners completed in a nearby award winning development (Genesis).

The Green Swing is a made up of a group of committed and forward-thinking Perth residents whose goal is to create small scale inner city living environments in Perth which:

  • Are the most sustainable;
  • Promote community feel and encourage creativity;
  • Are of high quality;
  • Become a showcase for future increased density sustainable development; and
  • Generate interest and inspire real change.

A full life cycle assessment is a natural part of The Green Swing’s commitment to measuring the sustainable outcomes and results of their projects. The assessment covered the project as a whole which consists of two townhouses and five apartments of varying shapes and sizes.

Results Summary

Impact AreaTotal CO2e / Year / occupant (kg CO2e)% Saved Against BenchmarkeTool Medal
Embodied Carbon61960%Silver_medal
Operational Carbon22891%Platinum_medal
Total Carbon84780%

Project Features

High Density

The seven homes are significantly denser than the surrounding suburb, meaning that there is less likelihood of the developments being demolished in the future.

Thermal Performance

Passive solar design resulted in the homes achieving an energy rating between 9 and 10 stars. This means that there is no to little requirement for cooling and/or heating of the buildings. The ground floor is double brick with cavity insulation, the first floor and gable ends are two different types of reverse brick veneer construction.

Photovoltaic System

Each home has an individual solar PV system for renewable energy generation. Excess generation is fed back into the grid, offsetting coal-fired electricity. The homes are not connected to gas.

Low Carbon Finishes

Part of the finishes in this design are natural such as face brick, meaning there was a decrease in use of plaster and paint and their associated recurring embodied carbon.

This assessment was conducted by Jeffrey Iwansantoso from ESD Australia and certified by Richard from eTool.