Smart Urban Village – Adelaide

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Smart Urban Villages could provide a ground-breaking and vibrant sustainable community development to position Adelaide as a global low-carbon leader.

How this will impact Adelaide's carbon emissions

The Smart Urban Villages team are proudly pioneering this new urban housing development model to create next generation sustainable communities. After a decade of exploring sustainable living models globally, the SUV team have developed a solution which combines innovative low-carbon design and community development processes with successful European long-term leasing models, to provide beautiful urban villages with outstanding shared facilities. All this is delivered, without the need for a mortgage or a lease that locks a resident into a long-term commitment.

Smart Urban Villages (SUV) could provide a tangible, built example of low-carbon excellence through the development and operation of a vibrant and sustainable community.
In an Australian-first, long-term residential leases, combined with innovative sustainability features could provide Adelaide with a living community that showcases how easily enhanced liveability and behaviour change can be achieved through smart, low carbon residential villages. Online media, university research and regular “open house” tours would help to disseminate the message that can we thrive via innovative housing design whilst also achieving higher quality of life outcomes.

Smart Urban Villages use leading sustainable design methods and technologies to achieve greenhouse gas emission neutrality and minimise operational costs for the operator and residents. A landmark Smart Urban Village community in Adelaide near the CBD would attract visitors from around the world and be a powerful low carbon and lifestyle exemplar for others to learn from. Our idea combines not only a very low carbon solution but also addresses the other competition focus areas of waste, energy, liveability and transport. In addition, six key community and economic benefits are noteworthy: more affordable housing, an engaged community, end-to-end sustainable living, increased demand for sustainable products, new sustainable building technologies and the security that comes with our long-term lease model. The combination of these factors are likely to also trigger many other benefits and would certainly influence the wider community via its learnings, public talks, street events and workshops.

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