The Nicholson in East Coburg was assessed as a model of sustainable urban and community development.
Partner: Places Victoria and VicHealth (2013–2015)
This project assessed the extent to which The Nicholson serves as a positive model of sustainable urban and community development by emphasising economic viability, social inclusion and resource efficiency. The Nicholson is a graduated three to nine-story apartment and retail complex in East Coburg, Melbourne and was developed by Places Victoria as a commercially replicable project of a highly innovative mixed use, mixed tenure apartment development. A post-occupancy evaluation was conducted by using a series of methods, the Building User Satisfaction (BUS) survey, semi-structured interviews, utility audit and summer temperature data logging. From the environmental and sustainability perspective the project building is performing well; electricity, gas and water consumption are all low compared to the Victorian average. Although the apartments are at risk of overheating in summer the project building appears to be meeting the design aspiration for heating and cooling of 6 star dwellings.
Researchers: Dr Jin Woo