At Crace we’re working towards exceptional socially, environmentally and technologically sustainable outcomes. A community development program is already underway, helping people to get to know each other and form community groups. Thanks to our partnership with TransACT, the latest fibre-optic communication technology will be available to all homes. And we’re taking care of the environment too.
As a result of our environmental initiatives, Crace was awarded the Housing Industry Association (HIA) Greensmart accreditation –the first community in Canberra to achieve this. HIA Greensmart Accreditation recognises that the Crace Masterplan includes a host of environmental elements. These include:
- optimising the solar orientation of blocks
- minimising the impact on the natural features of the land
- innovative water-sensitive urban design by capturing roof water to sustain street trees
- minimising the environmental impact during construction
- locating every home in the urban precinct within 400 metres of a bus stop.
Crace is the first suburb in Australia to be developed with consideration of its climate change impacts, and is offsetting the emissions resulting from land development through an innovative partnership with Greening Australia. As at November 2010, this project has offset 14,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from , through the planting of 80 hectares of trees.
Crace is also leading the way by letting you choose to offset the greenhouse gas emissions during the construction of your home through Greening Australia’s Breathe Easy program. Now that’s a change for the better. Purchasers of homes in the urban precinct can also choose an optional Green Package that includes a water tank, low energy lighting, double-glazing and other energy-saving features.
For more information about sustainability at Crace, download our sustainability brochure here.
Sustainability brochure (PDF)