A joint partnership involving Urban, Hamilton Marino Builders and CHT Architects, the 35 apartments built upon nine levels is anticipated to attain a NatHERS rating of at least 7.5 stars and a score of 70 in accordance with the BESS (Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard), a rating tool established by Moreland City Council and the City of Port Phillip.

Double glazed windows and other energy performance factors are cultivated to achieve a 20 per cent reduction in heat and cooling consumption in comparison to other traditional homes.

The “C&L” building, a structure filled with a mixture of retail, residential and hotel accommodations, also boasts a water intensive design with a goal to treat 100 per cent of its stormwater and attain more than a 25 per cent reduction in potable water consumption.

The development team has kept the embodied carbon to a minimum through the retaining of a standing heritage building known as the Dyason & Co cordial factory.

Other prime sustainability assets feature e-waste disposal fixtures, electric car charging, and a focus on “A-grade air quality” with fresh air circulating through the building. All units also have access to generous natural daylight and outdoor space.

This sustainable building project is drawing many buyers in the inner Melbourne suburb, even as house prices suffer in the wake of the pandemic.

Bryce Patterson, director at Capital Property Marketing and project sales director, asserts that the apartment units have swept past their sale targets, with the apartment sales range beginning at $475,000 for a one bedroom and up to $3.150 million for a merger involving dual units on the topmost level.

Patterson asserted that most Melbourne and Australia unit sales have slowed overall, so this is a unique success story instead.

He attributes the project’s consistent sales to sound floorplans and top-quality fixtures and fittings.

He said that homebuyers in this upscale area request sustainability features, and that this home project in particular delivers them.

Each residence offers an abundance of space, with interior spaces beginning from 50 square metres for one bedroom and going up to 320 sqm for a three bedroom. And standing units are being sold together to blend into bigger spaces—perfect for the home offices that many need in these times.

On a tri-street block of Cambridge, Langridge and Oxford streets in Collingwood, approximately 2 kilometres from the CBD, the neighbourhood is walker and bicycle friendly.

Overall, it seems that the perfect sustainable neighbourhood of the future is here today.