WGV, led by land development agency DevelopmentWA, is Australia’s second One Planet Community. This highly sustainable self-build development is creating a vibrant community in Fremantle, Perth
One Planet Living champion - Tao Bourton, Director of Yolk Property Group
I am very proud and excited about Evermore. We worked really hard to get the right team on board, such as a responsive and committed contractor who produced a One Planet Living report for us on completion of the project. Getting the PV and battery storage up and running has been a huge amount of work and taken an enormous amount of commitment which means that the apartments are anticipated to be 100% renewable from day one.
One Planet Living opened my eyes to the breadth of sustainability issues and how it relates to all aspects of our daily lives. It covers everything from health and happiness to zero carbon energy - not all sustainability frameworks do that. This made it easier for us to engage with residents, construction contractors and other stakeholders.
Creating a highly sustainable development in line with the goals and targets at WGV at White Gum Valley was daunting. Initially it almost felt unachievable but the step-by-step approach of One Planet Living – setting your ambitions, plotting a route, keep trying to improve – reassured me. It was a challenge, but it gave us a path to achieve our goals and encourages us to keep getting better.
Sustainability must be affordable, and we need the big developers to all be doing it. For this to happen, we need an approach that gets developers to embrace sustainability and challenge themselves. One Planet Living does this.
The awards that we’ve won, the projects that we’re planning and winning on the back of the success of Evermore and the fact that the strata by-law is being used as a template on other projects shows that Evermore is a ground-breaking project.
What we’ve learnt at Evermore has helped put us at the forefront of sustainability and we’ve started to have requests from other developers wanting to visit our sites and learn from them. We can’t share everything with them, but at Yolk we want to show that creating sustainable developments is deliverable and replicable. Sustainability must be affordable, and we need all developers (big and small) to really commit to doing it. For this to happen, we need an approach that gets developers to embrace sustainability and challenge themselves. One Planet Living does this.
It has really put meaning into my work. A colleague’s daughter came home from school and said she has been learning about Evermore as an example of what can be do in terms of building sustainable development. This was really inspiring for the team to hear as it happened very organically. Pushing the boundaries in development leads to examples for the next generation to follow and become the norm.
Evermore WGV has just been recognised as a Global Leader in One Planet Living.