Imperative 15: Human Scale + Humane Places

To create human-scaled places that promote human interaction.

The project must be designed to create human-scaled rather than automobile-scaled places so that the experience brings out the best in humanity and promotes culture and interaction.


In context of the character of each Transect, there are specific maximum (and sometimes minimum) requirements for paved areas, street and block design, building scale and signage that contribute to livable places. The project must follow the following design guidelines (shown to the right).

Surface Cover

You can see from the site plans that the maximum dimensions of our surface parking are 15.7m x 5.8m. We therefore comply with the maximum size of 20m x 30m.

The 15.7m x 5.8m parking/driveway area equates to 12.5% of our 724sqm lot. This complies with the L4 and L3 Transect requirements. 

how the Living House complies

Street + Intersections

The section of the imperative is only applicable if a new street is being added which is not the case in this project. 


As the Living House is a residential dwelling we are not planning on installing any free standing commercial signage on the dwelling. 

Maximum Size

The Living House is designed to be 304sqm and is thus smaller than the maximum size of 425sqm.

Fresh Air

As a residential dwelling the Living House will meet all of these requirements.  


The Living House is located in transect L3 or L4 (still to be determined) and therefore conservatively has to comply with the L3 shading restriction of 6m. 

The Living house does not share a party wall with any other dwelling and therefore will not shade the roof of any adjacent dwelling and complies with the imperative. 

Natural Waterways

The Living House will not restrict access to any natural waterway (as there are none on the project site).

Imperative 17: Equitable Investment

To ensure that all private and for-profit projects contribute to the public good in an amount commensurate with the project expense.

For every dollar of total project cost, the development must set aside and donate half a cent or more to a charity of its choosing or contribute to ILFI’s Living Equity Exchange Program, which directly funds renewable infrastructure for charitable enterprises.

how the Living House complies

The Living House is yet to research and decide how to comply with this imperative. We have an estimated budget for the project of $850,000 and multiplying that by 0.005 would give a donation cost of $4,250.

Imperative 18: Just Organizations

To promote the business practices of organizations that support a responsible, equitable living future.

The project must help create a more JUST, equitable society through the transparent disclosure of the business practices of the major organizations involved. At least one of the following project team members must have a JUST Label for their organization:
• Architect of Record
• MEP Engineer of Record
• Structural Engineer of Record
• Landscape Architect of Record
• Interior Architect of Record
• Owner/Developer
Project teams are also required to send JUST program information to at least 10 project consultants, subconsultants or product suppliers as part of ongoing advocacy.

how the Living House complies

The sustainability consultants of the Living House The Building Excellence Group (BXG) are currently going through the process of becoming a JUST organisation.


The Living House is a single family dwelling and therefore does not need to provide street furniture, public art, gardens of benches for the public realm. 

Imperative 16: Universal access to nature & place

To create places that are accessible to all, while also allowing public access to fresh air, sunlight and waterways.

All primary transportation, roads and non-building infrastructure that are considered externally focused must be equally accessible to all members of the public regardless of background, age and socioeconomic class— including the homeless—with reasonable steps taken to ensure that all people can benefit from the project’s creation. For any project (except single-family residential) located in Transects L3-L6, the public realm must be provided for and enhanced through design measures and features such as street furniture, public art, gardens and benches that are accessible to all members of society. Access for those with physical disabilities must be safeguarded through designs meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines.


The project may not block access to, nor diminish the quality of, fresh air, sunlight and natural waterways for any member of society or adjacent developments. The project must also appropriately address any noise audible to the public.
• Fresh Air: The project must protect adjacent property from any noxious emissions that would compromise its ability to use natural ventilation. All operational emissions must be free of Red List items, persistent bioaccumulative toxicants, and known or suspected carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic chemicals.
• Sunlight: The project may not block sunlight to adjacent building façades and rooftops above a maximum height allotted for the Transect. The project may not shade the roof of a development with which it shares a party wall, unless the adjoining development was built to a lesser density than acceptable for the
• Natural Waterways: The project may not restrict access to the edge of any natural waterway, except where such access can be proven to be a hazard to public safety or would severely compromise the function of the development. No project may assume ownership of water contained in these bodies or compromise
the quality or quantity that flows downstream. If the project’s boundary is more than 60 meters long parallel to the edge of the waterway, it must incorporate and maintain an access path to the waterway from the most convenient public right-of-way.

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