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Resilient urban systems:
a socio-technical study of community scale climate change adaptation initiatives
Overview of energy and water systems
All residential allotments at Aurora are supplied with the following energy services:
• Electricity and gas supply to individual allotments
• Low-energy street-lighting
• Mandatory gas-boosted solar hot water units.
• Passive housing designs
Electricity and natural gas
are delivered through mains distribution systems and are reliant on off-site
resources and management.
Hot water
is delivered on-site for each home from roof-mounted, gas-
boosted, solar hot-water units. These are reliant on mains gas supply for assisted heating and the mains
reticulation network for potable water.
Passive housing design
is required as part of Places Victoria’s 6-star
energy rating mandate for all homes. Passive features are largely defined by the builder at the design stage.
After building completion, home owners have sole responsibility for using, maintaining or changing passive
design features. Places Victoria sought to educate existing residents, primarily through providing written
information on ways to maximise and enhance passive design features.
All residential allotments at Aurora are supplied with the following water services:
• Potable water supplied to individual allotments
• Wastewater collection and treatment
• Supply of recycled ‘Class-A’ water, delivered via a ‘third-pipe’ network for non-potable water
• Stormwater collection, filtration and infiltration throughout Aurora with water sensitive urban design
(WSUD) features
Figure 4: Aurora is located on Melbourne’s northern fringe (scale is approximate)