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Water systems, which include rivers, wetlands, streams and so on, are fragile. By improving our awareness of the way we use water we can both reduce our water bills and help to preserve a valuable and finite resource.
As Auckland increases in population and size, pressure on our water infrastructure will also increase. By using water more sustainably we can reduce the need for new water sources and even gain some independence from the mains water supply.
As was emphasised in the 'Approaches to Sustainability' article in the Sustainability hub, sustainable outcomes require a goal-driven process that uses integrated and connected approaches. The way your home will use water needs to be considered holistically and water objectives need to be carefully set before implementing water-efficiency or self-sufficiency measures. Products and features are important, but they need to be seen as part of a comprehensive sustainable water strategy that includes design and system-wide thinking.
The manual provides professional advice, step-by-step best practice processes and detailed design guidance.
The manual will enable us all to make informed choice and build homes, and create new streets and neighbourhoods
that not only look great but are built to last, sustainable and give best return on investment.
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The Auckland Design Manual provides supplementary guidance to the Unitary Plan on design matters,
which will be updated by the Council from time to time. The Manual is not part of the Unitary Plan
and the Unitary Plan doesn’t incorporate the Manual by reference in the terms of the provisions of
Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Resource Management Act 1991. While the Manual sits outside the Unitary Plan,
advice notes are occasionally included in the text of the Unitary Plan
to alert the reader to the existence of relevant guidance in the Unitary Plan.