The SDAPP framework includes 10 sustainable design categories which consider a broad range of design issues.

To assist you on how to consider these categories and achieve the best outcome for your building, council has adopted a series of SDAPP fact sheets.

The fact sheets provide background information, design guidance and best practice standards across the 10 key categories relevant to your development

Indoor environment quality


  • To achieve a healthy indoor environment quality for the wellbeing of building occupants, including the provision of fresh air intake, cross ventilation and natural daylight
  • To achieve thermal comfort levels with minimised need for mechanical heating, ventilation and cooling
  • To reduce indoor air pollutants by encouraging use of materials with low toxic chemicals
  • To reduce reliance on mechanical heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting systems
  • To minimise noise levels and noise transfer within and between buildings and associated external areas

Wyndham Council expectations

  • Adequate daylight to all living areas and bedrooms (as defined in BESS)
  • Openable windows in all habitable rooms
  • Cooling loads to not exceed 30MJ/sqm for any dwelling
  • Appropriate shading to all windows receiving direct sunlight

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Indoor Environment

Energy performance


  • To improve the efficient use of energy, by ensuring development demonstrates design potential for ESD initiatives at the planning stage
  • To reduce total operating greenhouse gas emissions
  • To reduce energy peak demand through particular design measures (e.g. appropriate building orientation, shading, optimised glazing, space allocation for solar panel and external heating and cooling systems

Wyndham Council expectations

  • Minimum 50% score in BESS Energy category
  • Cooling loads to not exceed 30MJ/sqm for any dwelling
  • External natural clothes drying facilities where possible

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Energy Efficiency

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Sunshading

Water resources


  • To improve water efficiency
  • To reduce total operating potable water use
  • To encourage the collection and reuse of stormwater
  • To encourage the appropriate use of alternative water sources (e.g. greywater)

Wyndham Council expectations

  • Rainwater capture and reuse for toilet flushing at a minimum
  • Minimum 50% score in BESS Water Category

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Water Efficiency

Stormwater management

Policy objectives

  • To reduce the impact of stormwater run-off
  • To improve the water quality of stormwater run-off
  • To achieve best practice stormwater quality outcomes
  • To incorporate the use of water sensitive urban design, including stormwater re-use

Wyndham Council expectations

  • 100% STORM score or MUSIC modelling demonstrating best practice stormwater management

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Stormwater Management

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Site Permeability

Construction and building management


The overarching objective is that development should achieve best practice in environmentally sustainable development from the design stage through to construction and operation

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards -  Building Materials

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Construction and Building Management



  • To ensure that the built environment is designed to promote the use of walking, cycling and public transport, in that order
  • To minimise car dependency
  • To promote the use of low emissions vehicle technologies and supporting infrastructure

Wyndham Council expectations

  • Bicycle parking - 1 per dwelling

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Transport

Waste management


  • To promote waste avoidance, reuse and recycling during the design, construction and operation stages of development
  • To ensure durability of long term reusability of building materials
  • To ensure sufficient space is allocated for future change in waste management needs, including (where possible) composting and green waste facilities.

Wyndham Council expectations

  • Recycling facilities are at least as convenient to future occupants as general waste facilities.

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Waste Management

Urban ecology


  • To protect and enhance biodiversity within the municipality
  • To provide environmentally sustainable landscapes and natural habitats, and minimise the urban heat island effect
  • To encourage the retention of significant trees
  • To encourage the planting and indigenous vegetation
  • To encourage the provision of space for productive gardens, particularly in larger residential developments.

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards -  Urban Ecology

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards - Green Roofwall Facade

Innovation and Melbourne’s Climate

Objectives:  To encourage innovative technology into the design of the development that will deliver enhanced environmental and social benefits to the community.

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards -  Innovation

Wyndham's Sustainable Design Standards -  Melb Climate

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