Wednesday, 01 September 2021 12:38

Cool Suburbs enters industry pilot phase

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) award-winning urban heat work continues with the Cool Suburbs tool commencing industry pilots from September.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said “Cool Suburbs is a much-needed design support tool to address the impacts of urban heat in Western Sydney.

“WSROC has been working with councils and state government to integrate heat-mitigation into the planning system, however Cool Suburbs – which supports and rewards industry best-practice – is the critical next step for delivering cooler, safer development outcomes for communities.

“The WSROC team has been working with Resilient Sydney, Greater Sydney Commission, Edge Consulting, and it’s expert science panel to finalise the first Cool Suburbs prototype.

“Cool Suburbs is now ready to be tested on real developments in Western Sydney; a process that will allow ground-truthing of the tool’s functionality and bring us a step closer to delivery” said Clr Calvert.

“This work is really exciting for efforts to cool our city. Cool Suburbs is the first attempt to deliver science-backed, practical design guidance on urban cooling for industry. Governments also have the capacity to use Cool Suburbs as guidance for assessing development applications in their planning instruments,” said Clr Calvert.

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Project partners: Cool Suburbs is a collaboration between WSROC (lead), Resilient Sydney and the Greater Sydney Commission. The project engaged a consortium to deliver the Cool Suburbs Tool: Edge Environment, Kinesis, HARC consultancy and the Water Sensitive Institute.

A science panel provides evidence and justification for the tool. The panel consists of subject matter experts from Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of NSW and Western Sydney University.

Policy alignment: The Cool Suburbs tool is one of a suite of WSROC projects to address urban heat under the Turn Down the Heat Strategy wsroc.com.au/projects/project-turn-down-the-heat

Cool Suburbs has also been identified as a priority flagship action under the Resilient Sydney Strategy.

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government and supported by Local Government NSW.