The following are principles applied by the ACT Government:
SITE ANALYSIS GUIDELINES
Proposals for development will need to address the Site Analysis Guidelines from the earliest stages, focusing on the locational context of the proposed development. Together, the Guidelines and the Quality Design Indicators promote high quality design outcomes. They encourage buildings that reflect the character of an area.
QUALITY DESIGN INDICATORS
Proposals for development will need to address the Quality Design Indicators from the earliest stages. The indicators are not intended to spell out what a building should look like, rather they point to the sorts of things that need to be considered in order to produce a high quality building. In addition to the building itself, the Guidelines encourage quality landscaping, outdoor living areas and, for commercial buildings, exciting public space.
RESIDENTIAL SUSTAINABILITY INDEX
Proposals for residential development are encouraged to address the Residential Sustainability Index. The Index focuses on three major areas of environmental impact that new buildings can cause:
energy that the building will use during its operation, and the greenhouse gases that much of that energy will produce.
water usage within the home and garden, and the stormwater that flows off the building and land.