What we do
The dream of a quarter-acre block with two cars in the driveway is becoming obsolete as more Australians aspire to community connection and zero impact living.
The housing market, however, is not as fast-shifting as our aspirations. That’s why Green Fabric exists.
We bring together people interested in sustainability and community outcomes and connect them with available and suitable places for their development.
We work to overcome organizational hurdles, set up appropriate legal structures and arrange adequate project finance for innovative housing schemes.
Green Fabric is a social business that aims at creating social value by ensuring that sustainable, collaborative housing projects become embedded in Perth’s urban fabric.
If you share our passion, get in touch and we’ll tailor services and pricing to your needs.
Education and talks
Green Fabric wants to inform and inspire as many people as possible as to the benefits of cooperative housing.
Our team has experience in building for sustainability, designing and management, planning, renewable energy, best building practices locally and internationally, as well as great case studies.
Get in touch if you would like to develop workshops or have a speaker at your event.
The nature of a co-operative or Baugruppen project is that the future owners and residents become the developer. This does not mean, however, that you need to do everything yourself. An owner builder also does not necessarily do everything himself. There are benefits in engaging trades for the site works, plumbing, electricity and the like. We are here to help you manage the process and navigate the operational and bureaucratic hurdles; the support of an experienced team can prove crucial and fast-track your group plans for and realization of a Baugruppen project.
Support for Local Authorities
The City of Fremantle has started a trend by inviting Expressions of Interest to develop a cooperative housing project on 7 Quarry St on land they currently own.
We believe it will not take long before other progressive local councils follow the lead. Co-operative housing can prove an essential tool to create more affordable homes, develop skills and create local employment while at the same time delivering superior sustainability and community outcomes.
With collective experience in planning, designing and building these projects, our team can assist and guide local government officials on how to support and facilitate the trend towards co-operative housing. In some councils in Germany 30-40% of new projects now follow the co-operative of Baugruppen model.
Be prepared, however, that these projects may test the limits of planning and development rules and regulations, in a good way.
Getting a group together and make it work to benefit all members is not an easy task. Working with a mentor can keep you focused and make your efforts more efficient.
Our mentors will refer you to businesses, key contacts or relevant sources of information. We will help you with research and technical advice, and develop a schedule of meetings or calls to make sure you get the support you need.
Typical property development approach
Developer finds buyers to sell units to with aim to make a profit.
Architect & Contractor design and build to Developerʼs requirements.
Developer ﬁnds buyers to sell units at a proﬁt.
Cooperative or “Baugruppen” approach
Like-minded people pool ﬁnancial resources to buy land and fund their own development.
Architect & Contractor design and build to cooperativeʼs needs.
Everyone gets a unit custom to their needs at a reduced cost.