Woman sitting in the shade next to a well-designed apartment complex.


This project aims to develop a voluntary design-support tool to identify the most appropriate urban heat interventions (adaptation, mitigation, resilience), to existing and new developments. The tool will provide a ‘cool rating’ to a development which can be marketed by a developer. Governments can incorporate the tool in DCPs or design guidelines as desired.


Strategy action: 4. Land use and design controls that prioritise resilience.


Project time frame: 2020 - 2021


Project partners: This is a collaboration between WSROC (lead), Resilient Sydney and 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.


Contact: Judith Bruinsma, Project Coordinator, 02 9671 4333



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