The building materials prescribed in a sustainable village are selected for their qualities to achieve maximum durability and performance; to achieve easy and fast construction; to avoid incorporating materials which have very high embodied energy; to avoid materials which have embodied toxic elements; to avoid materials which require high maintenance; and to achieve a cohesive development.

Each dwelling lot in the Village has been planned with a Building Zone which establishes the area within which the building footprint should be located, an Amenity Zone which suggests the area of the lot which can be allocated for outdoor living and recreation, and a Productive Zone which can be developed for vegetable and herb garden and fruit trees. Building is not allowed in Amenity Zones or Productive Zones.

These plans are incorporated in the Development Control Plan, and are to be used as a guide to lot planning and dwelling location and layout. They have been developed to avoid things such as overshadowing from neighbouring dwellings, to make it easier to plan for good passive solar design as well as visual and acoustic privacy, to facilitate access, and to design homes to maximise views and the features of each lot.

“Good design does not have to cost more…correct orientation of a house does not have to cost more, nor does the correct positioning of windows and doors to achieve cross ventilation.” Annie Georgeson, designer