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Ongoing project

Demonstrating the benefits of increasing available green infrastructure in residential homes (GC21000)

Key research provider: University of Melbourne

What is it all about?

This project will demonstrate and quantify the human and environmental benefits of integrating blue and green infrastructure into residential builds by constructing a ‘Future Home’ at the Olivine by Mirvac display village.

The ‘Future Home’ project will be co-designed by researchers, industry, and developers to demonstrate the benefits of blue-green infrastructure compared to current building and landscaping practice. Cooling benefits, water cycle benefits, human health and wellbeing benefits, and economic benefits will all be quantified through this project. It will also estimate the monetary value of these societal and environmental benefits to support the business case and convince village builders of green-blue infrastructure in the planning and promotion of future private residential developments.

The project brings together Australia’s leading blue-green infrastructure research groups from The University of Melbourne (UoM) with industry leaders in residential development (Mirvac and the Green Building Council), the horticulture industry, particularly the Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria (NGIV), and the residential water industry (South East Water).