New apartment design standards have been introduced to create more liveable and sustainable apartments for Victorians.

The Victorian Government’s Better Apartments Design Standards will ensure all new apartments have adequate daylight access, privacy, outlook, functional internal and outdoor space, storage, natural ventilation and acoustic protection.  

They address the needs of people with limited mobility, and help the environment by encouraging recycling and waste minimisation, energy and water efficiency, minimising stormwater run-off and help cool our urban environment through better landscaping treatments.

They also include standards for building setbacks, layout, room depth, windows, ventilation, open space, landscaping, accessibility, waste and recycling and water management.

Commencing operation in March 2017, the standards will be complemented by best practice apartment design guidelines, a design review process, an apartment buyers and renters guide, and an education and training program for planning and building design practitioners.

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