Case studies and resources for sustainable design

Showcase your exemplar sustainable development!

We're always looking for new case studies. If you would like your development featured on our website then get in contact with our Sustainability Unit on 9240 1188.

Assessing overshadowing impacts on solar panels

There are currently no statewide guidelines for assessing the overshadowing impacts a proposed development may have on existing solar photovoltaic panels. Moreland City Council has prepared the following advisory note outlining the issues and suggested approaches where this situation arises.

Solar Panels Advisory Note - Approved by Council 13 July 2016 (DOC 1.2Mb) (DOC 1Mb) or Solar Panels Advisory Note - Approved by Council 13 July 2016 (PDF 122Kb)

Useful links and guides

Moreland Sustainable Buildings Policy (DOC 158Kb)

We walk the talk! This CEO approved policy outlines how Moreland delivers best practice environmentally sustainable design outcomes in our own capital works projects to ensure that all new and renovated buildings meet best practice standards.

Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL)

Based in Brunswick, MEFL is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Moreland City Council to work with the Moreland community to take action on climate change. Council funds MEFL to provide information and advice for households and businesses, including the Home Renovator's Service (free for Moreland residents) - a one hour consultation to help you make sustainable design, material and product choices when renovating.

Download the Home Renovator Service brochure (DOC 398Kb).

Sustainable Design quick guide (PDF 2Mb) (PDF 2Mb) or Sustainable Design quick guide (DOC 3Mb) (DOC 3Mb) - a one page 'cheat sheet' of passive solar design principles

Your Home

A website providing a wide range of advice and design guides for passive design and sustainable building, including good rules of thumb. An excellent resource for individuals seeking to improve their understanding of ESD concepts and practice.

Includes the Your Home Renovator's Guide, Your Home Buyer's Guide and Your Home Technical Manual.

Sustainability Victoria

A Victorian Government website with information about current rebates, information about saving water and energy and reducing waste.

Australian Greenhouse Calculator

An online software tool that helps you understand how your lifestyle choices contribute to greenhouse gas emissions by calculating your annual greenhouse gas footprint from the information you provide.

Alternative Technology Association

An independent organisation providing practical sustainability advice for households and communities. Discuss you project and get technical advice from other Alternative Technology Association members on the online forums.

Tankulator

A free online tool by the Alternative Technology Association that helps you calculate what size rainwater tank best suits your need.

Sunulator

A free online tool by the Alternative Technology Association that estimates the economic feasibility of a solar-battery system

Sustainable House Day

Visit some of Australia's leading green homes - homes that are not only environmentally friendly, but cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. This annual event happens in September and has been running for over a decade.