Defence apartments star in the race for green living

Defence Housing Australia’s (DHA) new Shout Ridge project at Crimson Hill, in Sydney, are the first apartments in Australia to receive a prestigious 6 Star Green Star - Multi Unit Residential Design V1 certified rating, which represents “world leadership” in environmentally sustainable design from the Green Building Council of Australia.

Shout Ridge is the second residential project in the country to receive a 6 Star rating. The first was another DHA project, The Prince’s Terrace Adelaide, which were certified under the Green Star – Design & As Built rating tool, in October last year.

Green Star is an internationally-recognised sustainability rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings and communities.  There are four Green Star rating tools for certification of design, construction and operation of buildings, fitouts and communities.

DHA Acting Managing Director Jan Mason said the apartments featured some of the latest thinking in urban design with a careful balance of luxury, affordability and sustainability. They positioned DHA as one of the most progressive residential developers in the country.

‘DHA is in the business of building communities and creating beautiful places for Australian families to live, particularly our Defence families.

‘Buyers are looking for interesting neighbourhoods that are well serviced and where homes are affordable and efficient to run. Sustainability is the right thing to do and it’s what our customers want so it makes good business sense,’ said Ms Mason.

Crimson Hill was DHA’s first foray into the apartment market back in 2014 and the public release of Shout Ridge apartments sold out in less than 10 days. Construction is now well underway and the distinctive four-storey complex, in Lindfield on Sydney’s North Shore, is due for completion in September 2016. 

The architecturally designed one, two and three-bedroom apartments sit across two buildings. Their wave-like balconies and soaring, cantilevered roofline are a distinctive landmark in DHA’s picturesque Crimson Hill masterplanned community.


Crimson Hill Shout Ridge received top marks for innovation. Features include:

•  Smart energy tools to reduce power consumption by approximately 35%, saving 200 tonnes of CO2 a year compared with homes of similar size. Each apartment has a central power-off switch at the front door, web-based consumption tracking and automatic light and ventilation sensors in communal areas.


•  Passive thermal design to reduce heating and cooling demand by up to 50%.


•  Waterwise fixtures to reduce potable water consumption by approximately 30%.


•  Rainwater tanks collect about 75% of non-potable water on-site for garden watering, toilet flushing and laundries.


•  Renewable solar energy generation to supply approximately 40% of common area lighting and potentially save 19 tonnes of CO2 emissions and $4,500 of strata electricity costs per year.


•  Solar hot water systems designed to meet 50% of water heating requirements.


•  Healthy internal environments designed for three hours of direct sunlight in most living areas during winter.


•  Use of healthier low-VOC finishes and low formaldehyde joinery to improve indoor air quality.


•  Flooring, internal walls and joinery selected to reduce their environmental impact from manufacture, to use and disposal.


•  Healthy external environment with extensive natural landscaping, al fresco entertaining areas, communal gardens with composting and worm farms, car sharing spaces, bicycle facilities and stormwater treatment.

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