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ECO-4 CHANGE OF ECOLOGICAL VALUE

 

Credit Interpretation Request

Brownfield definition - previously cleared or tilled agricultural land

Credit Interpretation Request Number
ECO4-T-OB1-0211

Ruling
2010-11-15

The Credit Interpretation Request (CIR) to permit the classification of previously cleared or previously tilled agricultural land as ‘Brownfield’ for the purpose of inclusion in the Change of Ecological Value Calculator, is denied. The definition of ‘Brownfield’ is internationally recognised and relates to specific characteristics, as detailed in the current definition in the Green Star SA Office v1 Technical Manual.

 

Technical Clarification

Internal landscape

Technical Clarification Number
ECO4-T-OB1-0104

Guidance
2010-09-08

Landscape enclosed within the building such as enclosed atria gardens, vertical gardens or water features, are deemed not to serve the full ecological function as equivalent external landscape within the scope of this credit. This is due to the disconnection of enclosed landscapes to broader ecosystems external to the building, limiting the contribution to biodiversity. Such areas are to be excluded from calculations to demonstrate compliance with the Credit Criteria. Project teams that believe their designs maintain justifiable connectedness to external ecosystems may submit a project specific CIR.

 

Technical Clarification

Non-permanent landscape

Technical Clarification Number
ECO4-T-OB1-0101

Guidance
2010-09-07

Non-permanent landscape, such as potted plants, planter boxes, or other non-insitu landscape features, which can be removed or relocated, are not considered part of the 'site' and are therefore not within the scope of the Eco-4 credit. The area of, and ecological contribution to, the site for such non-permanent landscape are to be excluded from calculations to demonstrate compliance with the Credit Criteria.

 

Technical Clarification

Ground types

Technical Clarification Number
ECO4-T-OB1-0023

Guidance
2009-02-06

Permeable pavers are clasified as 'bare ground' for the purposes of this credit. Traditional water features with underlying impermeable brick or concrete structures are clasified as 'impermeable/concrete area' for the purposes of this credit. Lawn areas are clasified as 'bare ground' for the purposes of this credit.

 

 

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