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.

Green walls, roofs and facades in the City of Melbourne


The project aims to create 10 hectares of green infrastructure by 2021, to support a prosperous, healthy, cool and liveable city.

Victorian Planning Provisions Amendment


On 26 October 2018, Amendment VC154 changed the Victoria Planning Provisions (VPP) and all planning schemes, to introduce new stormwater management provisions for urban development and amend State planning policies related to integrated water management (IWM).

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Voluntary Contribution Scheme for Moonee Valley City Council


Moonee Valley City Council launched a Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) voluntary contribution scheme (VCS) for planning applicants to help them meet their development’s on-site stormwater quality obligations from 1 July 2019.

Queensland Children’s Hospital therapeutic landscapes


The multi-award-winning Queensland Children’s Hospital is Australia’s largest paediatric hospital and the largest capital investment in children’s health in Queensland’s history.

45 Shand Road, Reservoir


This infill development uses rainwater harvesting and raingardens to meet council flood mitigation requirements, rather than dedicated on-site ‘grey infrastructure’ like concrete pits, tanks and pipes.

Last updated: 30th Aug 2022