EHP-UDIA-Advert.jpgAs a nationally recognised certification and branding system that is now in its 10th year, ED provides a critical edge for developers looking to differentiate their properties and achieve better business returns.

EnviroDevelopment (ED) is UDIA’s scientifically-based rating system that recognises leading-edge environmental outcomes across six areas of sustainability: water, ecosystems, community, waste, materials and energy. Developments that achieve certification in one or more of the sustainable elements are awarded the corresponding ED symbol to use across their marketing and advertising materials, which UDIA advises home buyers to look for.

The ED program was formulated over several years, when UDIA undertook a rigorous process of in-depth research in consultation with members and sustainability experts including scientists, engineers, professors, ecologists, architects, lawyers, economists and developers. 10 years on – we have certified over 120 projects nationally. 

The ED technical standards are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they continue to recognise sustainability achievements above government requirements and in light of new technologies and industry standards. The next version of ED's technical standards will be released in 2017.
When purchasers see the any one of the ED symbols on a development, they can be assured they are buying into a project that is excelling in that specific area of sustainability. In this way, ED empowers purchasers to make informed assessments as to whether a property offers the green features they are after.
The appetite for innovation, technology and research in the environmental development space continues to grow rapidly, and as such we are seeing a record number of developers applying for UDIA’s ED certification. 


“Intrapac have successfully achieved EnviroDevelopment certifications for 3 projects nationally this year, with a 4th project being submitted early in the new year. I have worked closely with both Ricki and EnviroDevelopment team over the past 12 months for each of these projects.
My biggest tip to ensure a smooth and trouble free process would be to firstly listen and then obey Ricki’s advice. The EnviroDevelopment team is there to help you, so try and leverage off that assistance for an smooth certification process.
 It has been a pleasure working with Ricki, as her passion for EnviroDevelopment, and attention to detail will always deliver the best result for the project.”
David Lunardi
Development Manager – VIC, Intrapac Property


“In the days before EnviroDevelopment, very little consideration was given to sustainability initiatives in the development of residential subdivisions and communities. EnviroDevelopment has changed this significantly through increasing awareness of sustainability across the development sector, and through the promotion of positive case study examples. This has helped to mainstream many initiatives and motivate people to create a point of difference in their project by trying something new and different in support of an EnviroDevelopment application.
It is interesting to observe that many of the projects now receiving UDIA awards are EnviroDevelopment certified projects. So, what I’ve seen is a real progression over time of projects improving their sustainability outcomes, first in relation to the common and public spaces, and in more recent times extending to an influence over the design and performance of homes and other buildings in a development. I look forward to seeing even more progress towards truly sustainable outcomes over the next 10 years.”
Ben de Waard
Director, Sustainable Development Consultants

“Melbourne Water values the EnviroDevelopment program because it contributed to enabling wetlands and waterways to be appreciated and enjoyed by the community for passive recreation and amenity use.”
Olivia Vincent
Customer Segment Manager, Melbourne Water


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To find out about becoming an ED Partner or supporter, please contact our Sustainability and EnviroDevelopment Manager at ricki@udiavic.com.au.