Saturday, August 27, 2011
The Ecovillage at Lanjut aims to create a community that will have as its core - Living Sustainably - in harmony with nature in a meaningful community. Lanjut EcoVillage's vision is to “inspire sustainable living and development practice awareness” by creating a world-class ecologically sustainable village.
Lanjut EcoVillage's goal is to preserve and enhance the current exquisite beauty of the site, improve its biodiversity, and nurture the regeneration of the land into a leading example of sustainable community living.
To achieve the project’s environmental objectives, it has been important to challenge conventional thinking by employing practices, processes, systems and designs that embody innovation and excellence.
One example is the planning of our Villas, common facilities and road system. Refer to the Layout Plans which set out to create an ecohamlet.
A comprehensive list of the projects core principles and its “Desired Environmental Outcomes” are perusable in the Project Criteria below.
GENERAL CRITERIA – PROJECT STATEMENT & OBJECTIVES
Lanjut EcoVillage Sdn Bhd intends to practically and successfully develop the subject lands and achieve a vision of inspiring sustainable living / development practice and awareness by creating an Ecovillage that exemplifies World’s Best Practice in its design, construction and accompanying processes. The project is intended as an inspirational model to the development industry and the broader community.
All activities included in undertaking the development must recognise the following factors:
(a) Environmental Sustainability / Ecology
(b) Social Sustainability / Ecology
(c) Economic Sustainability / Ecology
with each being given equal consideration, without marginalisation of any one factor in decision making processes.
To achieve the development’s objectives, it will be important to challenge conventional industry thinking by employing practices, processes, systems & designs that embody innovation & excellence in keeping with the project goal. All relevant authorities will be asked to participate in this approach.
To achieve the project goal, each of the following principles will require consideration - again without individual marginalisation of any other of the principles. The principles should be utilised to achieve a desired project outcome that:
(a) Is sustainable over time
(b) Relates to the local and global environments
(c) Provides & allows for future beneficial change to occur in design, infrastructure & regulatory mechanisms.
(i) Environmental Principles
Env.1 Restore, maintain & enhance biodiversity acknowledging the intrinsic right to life of all species
Env.2 Strictly minimise impact & change to air, soil & water in any way to ensure equity for all elements of the
natural environment whether living or inanimate
Env.3 Strictly minimise consumption of resources & energy both now & in the future
Env.4 Minimise impact on the local and global environments optimising local ecological food & material production
Env.5 Foster a deep sense of human connection to & interdependence with the land, flora & fauna
(ii) Social Principles
Soc.1 Respect & honour cultural, historical & spiritual values
Soc.2 Enable sustainable community by designing for social equity, diversity & interdependence, honouring
differences & catering for the needs of individuals through the different stages of life
Soc.3 Maximise health, safety & comfort of the built environment to provide enduring quality of life
Soc.4 Promote awareness & education of ecological issues including sustainability
Soc.5 Utilise aesthetic sensitivity to create a continuing sense of place and beauty that inspires, affirms & ennobles
Soc.6 Ensure regulatory mechanisms that ensure social equity over time
Soc.7 Promote social connectedness, empathy, ownership & attachment to place & community.
(iii) Economic Principles
Econ.1 Promote ecovillage economic viability through excellence of design
Econ.2 Ensure enduring property value growth
Econ.3 Ensure minimising of maintenance & operational costs
Econ.4 Minimise obsolescence through design of enduring component life cycle;
Econ.5 Provide for change & re-use at minimal cost / loss
Econ.6 Enable economic productivity & contribution to local & world systems & economies.
These are the specific goals of the development that should guide project management, project consultants & approving authorities in the intrinsic decision making processes. The above principles are interpreted to achieve Ecologically Sustainable Development outcomes, which are detailed in the following Environmental, Social & Economic Criteria specification.