Churches of Christ Queensland awarded highest sustainability rating for over-55s affordable housing project

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The 40-unit Wattle Apartments at Acacia Ridge in Brisbane’s south has received all six ‘Green Leaves’ by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

The UDIA commended the development for “exceptional performance” across all six of its sustainability categories of ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water, and community.

The building’s orientation has been used to maximise ventilation and minimise summer heat as well as make the most of natural light, while an ‘embedded network’ electricity arrangement with Locality Planning Energy is reducing power costs for residents.

The Apartments, designed for people over the age of 55 who previously lived in under-occupied public housing family homes, were completed in January in partnership with the Queensland Government.

Adjacent to the Brig-O-Doon retirement village and aged care service, the project is the Not For Profit’s third integrated campus-style development combining village, aged care, community housing and health service in the one model.