The BDP Environment Design Guide (EDG) continues to deliver high level, peer-reviewed information to architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, urban planners and landscape architects. Subscribers include government and non-government environment agencies, facility managers, universities and academics in addition to practitioners from all the building design professions.
In 2005, significant highlights included a special planning issue in November 2005 with contributions from key Australian urban planning professionals and stakeholders. The success of this issue reflects the positive input made by a special committee convened to assist in the development of content and editorial direction that would address key concerns for planning professionals about urban planning for sustainability. The result is a set of papers by notable authors that set a high benchmark for achieving best practice in urban planning and design.
During the year BDP EDG was also short-listed for the Australian Greenhouse Office’s Greenhouse Challenge Plus Awards, which indicates the positive reputation the guide has achieved. Generous support and funding from the Federal Government Department of Heritage and the Victorian Government Department of Sustainability and Environment is also acknowledged and assists production and development.
The Way Forward
Over the next 12 months, subscribers can expect changes to the guide that are designed to achieve greater user accessibility.
In response to user feedback, a major overhaul of the indexing system is underway, which will result in greater ease of sourcing specific information. Over the past 10 years, the language used to describe sustainability themes has continued to shift and change often resulting in loss of clarity and focus. Each issue will contain a revised index that intends to streamline references to greater direct users to the myriad of issues contained in the guide.
Additionally, our existing stock of binders has been exhausted due to an increasing number of subscribers and new look binders are currently under production.
We anticipate a productive year for the BDP EDG as it continues to lead the industry in supplying up to date, peer-reviewed papers by leaders in sustainability in Australia.