Water sensitive homes and buildings

Transitioning to water sensitive cities needs solutions at all scales, distributed throughout cities. At a building scale, using water efficient fixtures, water recycling and alternative water supplies, water smart landscaping and reducing the impervious footprint of homes can contribute significantly to the development of water sensitive cities.

Currumbin Ecovillage Rainwater Harvesting


The Currumbin Ecovillage is a 147 lot development in the Gold Coast Hinterland with sustainability at its heart. It demonstrates off-grid living and includes large rainwater tanks on each lot to provide drinking water.



A Melbourne development planned in collaboration between a water utility and a developer, which includes smart technology to provide rainwater for hot water supply, recycled water supply and real-time monitoring of water use, forthcoming storms and tank levels.

Moonee Valley Planning Scheme


Demonstration of leadership in policy at a local government level, through the ground-breaking integration of local requirements for stormwater management in developments.

Josh’s House

Western Australia

Josh Byrne led by example by building his own home using environmental principles and proving that sustainability can be affordable. Josh's house includes a range of water sensitive urban design and water efficiency measures.

Last updated: 19th Oct 2018