Monday, 27 August 2018 11:22

WSROC recognised in Resilient Sydney Strategy

Launch of the Resilient Sydney Strategy Launch of the Resilient Sydney Strategy Credit: Katherine Griffiths

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils’ (WSROC) Turn Down the Heat Strategy has been identified as a flagship action under Sydney’s first resilience strategy.

Launched in July, Resilient Sydney is a blue-print for building Sydney’s resilience to challenges such as extreme weather events, cyber and terror attacks, housing affordability, inequality and transport congestion.

The Strategy identifies extreme heat as one of Sydney’s top five challenges; a challenge that is especially felt in Western Sydney.

To address extreme heat, Resilient Sydney has identified ‘Cool Suburbs’, a program developed as part of WSROC’s Turn Down the Heat initiative, as a flagship project for action.

The premise of the Cool Suburbs program is that developments or suburbs can elect to receive a ‘Cool Score’; a measurement of the site’s ability to stay cool and comfortable during hot weather. ­­­­

Unlike the BASIX rating system which only assesses the internal comfort of individual buildings, Cool Suburbs will also consider how a building or development contrib­utes collectively to the comfort of external environments.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali, “Relying on air-conditioning to compensate for poorly designed buildings not only leads to higher energy bills, it increases the likelihood of energy grid failures during extreme heat events.

“The Cool Suburbs program acknowledges that we must do more than just turn on the air-conditioning if we are to build a cooler, more liveable and resilient future.

“Urban planning, architectural design and material choices have a central role to play, as does urban greening and designing with water,” he said.

“WSROC and its partners are looking at a range of actions to improve community resilience to urban heat including building orientation, roof colour, cool materials, permeable pavement and water-sensitive urban design to cool our communities.

“We hope that Cool Suburbs will improve awareness and encourage the design of more heat-resilient communities,” said Cr Bali.

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