The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) is Australia’s peak representative body for all segments of the urban development industry. The Institute is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the representation of Australia's residential development industry.
‘EnviroDevelopment’ is the UDIA’s voluntary rating program which is designed to make it easier for home-buyers to recognise and, thereby, choose more environmentally sustainable houses. Developers must achieve specified standards in at least one of six areas and apply for certification in order to be recognised under EnviroDevelopment. The six areas are:
EnviroDevelopment standards aim to recognise the performance of a housing development in achieving broad environmental goals. Certification in any one of the EnviroDevelopment elements is a significant achievement and certified housing developments advertise their success using the relevant leaf logos.
Certification in the Waste element requires the developer to meet standards that make efficient use of resources and effective recycling during the site clearing phase, the construction phase and in the design of the houses.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) have developed a Green Star rating tool for waste management credit.