The Green Factor Tool is an intuitive web-based tool designed to assist the City of Melbourne benchmark building scale green infrastructure at the planning stage. 

Developed as a collaboration led by HIP V. HYPE in partnership with Little Sketches and the University of Melbourne, the Green Factor Tool responds to the need to benchmark green infrastructure at the lot level, but in a way that allows developers and designers flexibility in the way greening is delivered.

Client

City of Melbourne

Type

Sustainable Planning & Policy

Location

Melbourne, VIC

Collaborators

Little Sketches
University of Melbourne

Photography

Courtesy of City of Melbourne

Context

Through its Green Our City Action Plan, City of Melbourne has been investigating opportunities to improve greening outcomes as part of the development process. The Plan recognises that both private land and the public realm are critical for reducing urban heat, improving biodiversity and a range of other community benefits. 

Developed as a collaboration led by HIP V. HYPE in partnership with Little Sketches and the University of Melbourne, the Green Factor Tool responds to the need to benchmark green infrastructure at the lot level, but in a way that allows developers and designers flexibility in the way greening is delivered.

In 2022, the Green Factor Tool won an Australian Institute of Landscape Architects award in the Research, Policy and Communications Category.

  • Assessment of the best available scientific evidence to relate the value of green infrastructure elements to a range of ecosystem services, including biodiversity, urban heat reduction and place value 

  • Engagement with existing tool owners and users to understand potential integration opportunities and maximise the user experience 

  • Development of a web based user interface and testing of the Tool with our networks of industry professionals to maximise relevance and usability

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