Guide to Green Building Elements

ClientBrisbane City Council

LocationCity of Brisbane, QLD


Award2021 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National - Landscape Architecture Award for Research, Policy and Communications • 2021 Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Queensland - Landscape Architecture Award for Research, Policy and Communications

Specifically, the purpose of the report was to guide the technical standards and guidelines needed to support the successful delivery, performance and maintenance of green building elements or living greenery elements as typologies of structure or systems for the integration of vegetation on built form including; extensive green roofs, green façades (trellis systems), terrace planters and green walls.

The project ultimately developed recommendations to relevant provisions in City Plan regulating the design and delivery of landscaping generally predate development trends involving greater use of green buildings elements. These recommendations derived through; a review of existing relevant provisions in various parts of City Plan and identifies potential improvements, with regards to technical, operational and compliance issues associated with; delivery, performance, maintenance and longevity of green building elements.

The project report was used as a guide for the Strategic Planning Section City Planning & Economic Development Branch of Council to inform and support proposed amendments to City Plan that Council is currently considering the following principle and action as directly referenced from Brisbane’s Future Blueprint (BFB):

  • Principle: Protect and create greenspace
  • Action 04: Make it easier for new developments to include rooftop gardens and green open space through amendment of Brisbane City Plan 2014 to allow the addition of a rooftop amenity space while not being included as a ‘storey’ for the purpose of maximum storeys allowable for a new development.

The Guide was awarded a National Landscape Architecture Award for Research, Policy and Communications at the 2021 AILA National Landscape Architecture Awards in October:

"This comprehensive report responds to the rising incorporation of green building elements – green walls, green roofs and terrace planters – in new developments and forms a valuable design and advocacy resource for the profession and councils alike. By providing thinking around the design, technical and regulatory aspects of these elements, as well as metrics for evaluating their benefits and risks, the document offers an invaluable tool for designers who wish to develop and promote better approaches to vertical, rooftop and podium landscapes. For local councils, these materials enable more effective assessment of green building elements and identify opportunities to support more extensive and successful incorporation into cities. Overall, the document enables a richer and more productive discussion between the profession and our clients around a typology of growing importance."

- JUDGES' Citation, 2021 AILA NAtional awards