Grey Water Treatment Plant
West Village has a grey water treatment plant on site. The grey water (from laundries and showers) is sourced from two of the precinct’s residential buildings. The treated water is used to irrigate gardens and for flushing toilets in the retail centre.
A water recirculation system is being installed in late 2021 to supply water to the pop jets in West Village’s water play area. This system will collect the water from the pop jet drainage system, treat it and top it up with potable water to supply clean water back to the pop jets. Each year this system will recirculate enough water to fill seven Olympic swimming pools.
Reducing Food Waste
Collecting food waste and unsold food at West Village means that most of the food waste from the precinct (up to 85%) gets reused or composted. This is better for the environment than sending food waste to landfill where it breaks down and emits gases such as carbon dioxide and methane which contribute to climate change.
West Village dining outlets are encouraged to use take away packaging which can be composted or recycled. Food waste and compostable packaging from West Village stores and dining outlets is collected and processed through our organic waste pulping system.
Organic Waste Pulping System
West Village has an on site organic waste pulping system. The Pulpmaster Australia system converts organic materials into soils and fertilisers, minimising the use of water and power during the process.
West Village generates some of its own energy from the sun. A 23.5 kW solar power system on the roof of The Eaves building near The Common provides some of the power to light our public spaces. Solar panels on residential buildings provide power to shared building services. One hundred percent of electricity supplied to West Village through our embedded network is carbon offset.
In an urban environment like Brisbane, a “heat island” can be created when materials such as bitumen and concrete absorb and hold the sun’s heat rather than reflect it. To counteract the heat island effect at West Village, around half the site plan is covered with materials which reflect heat, water features or green spaces. Around 100 mature trees and more than 10,000 plants are growing at West Village.
Public bike racks are located in several locations at West Village. Four electric vehicle charging stations and a GoGet car share service are located on Basement 1 in the public West Village carpark. An End of Trip facility provides showers, lockers and secure bike parking for tenants and staff.
Butterfly Food Source
The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Vine, species Pararistolochia praevenosa, is grown in several locations at West Village. This vine is the natural food source for the Richmond Birdwing butterfly, species Ornithoptera richmondia.
The Richmond Birdwing is the largest sub-tropical Australian butterfly. It is now a vulnerable species. Growing the Butterfly Vine at West Village could help to increase the population of this beautiful butterfly.
Six Star Green Star Community
West Village is a Six Star Green Star Community. This is Australia’s highest rating for a master-planned precinct and promotes practices which are sustainable, environmentally friendly and support engagement with the community.