Welcome to 'Downloads', the section where we introduce you to some exciting resources, many of them free, to assist in best practice sustainable design. Categories include:

Also available for download are:


Green design, stragegies and analysis



Green Building Tool (international) is a highly complex tool to allow comparison over the world of building performance. It is not a rating tool and is used by researchers at the cutting edge of green design development.  Download GBTool


This originally Australian tool developed by Andrew Marsh is a powerful energy modelling software developed in Australia.  Download EcoTect Demo


Life cycle analysis


EcoQuantum (UK and NL)

Allows basic LCA assessment of a building by an architect in under 1 hour. UK and EU product, energy data and assumptions only, so results have limited project application in Australia, but are an excellent introduction to LCA while giving insights into the relative impacts of different components of a building.  Download EcoQuantum

SimaPro (European and international)

A complex Life Cycle Assessment modelling tool used by professional LCA practitioners.  Download SimaPro Demo


Life cycle assessment and costing tool for the assessment of individual materials. Download BEES


Design Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism Development

South Australia's vision is to be an inspirational leader in innovative and sustainable tourism. This vision has implications for the way new tourism product is developed in South Australia. For example, it is widely recognised that nature-based tourism is potentially one of the fastest growing markets within mainstream tourism, both in Australia and worldwide. South Australia's unspoilt natural and cultural attractions mean that the State is well placed to develop innovative and sustainable tourism product that can satisfy this growing market demand.

These Guidelines have been prepared by the South Australian Tourism Commission for developers who, consistent with the State's Tourism Strategy, wish to undertake small to medium sized tourism accommodation developments. The use of these guidelines will assist in improving the quality of new tourism development and minimise environmental impacts.

The Guidelines are intended to have wide application and also be useful for State and Local Government authorities involved in development assessment and policy. A shared understanding and commitment towards the vision of sustainable tourism development by both Government and developers will help to reduce the risks involved and encourage new investment.

These Guidelines will be complemented by other initiatives such as the 'Greening Hotels' initiative for existing development. This publication represents a significant step forward in achieving South Australia's vision of an innovative and sustainable future for the tourism industry.

Click here to download the Guidelines