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Smart Infrastructure Manual: Design and Construction

The aim of the Smart Infrastructure Manual: Design and Construction (Smart Infrastructure) is to continuously improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of the Defence Estate. Smart Infrastructure defines Defence's requirements and reporting obligations for design and construction covering energy, water, waste, pollution prevention, and smart procurement.

What is it?

Smart Infrastructure consists of two parts:

1. A Manual that outlines Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and Whole-of-Life (WOL) requirements for each project, covering:

  • design
  • construction
  • associated reporting.

2. A Checklist that includes a Metering Strategy.

The target audience for Smart Infrastructure are those responsible for designing and delivering Defence infrastructure.


Smart Infrastructure is to be applied to all projects in the Major Capital Facilities (MCF) Program. All requirements shall be addressed in the design unless explicitly stated otherwise in the Design Brief Where specific requirements cannot be met or are deemed not applicable this shall be justified and the reasons and their acceptance by Defence recorded in design reports and/or contractor reports. Smart Infrastructure is also to be applied to projects delivered through the Estate Works Program. Smart Infrastructure shall not be applied retrospectively.

Key Benefits

Smart Infrastructure provides benefits to both Defence and its Service Providers involved in delivering and operating the Defence Estate. Smart Infrastructure:

  • enables infrastructure delivery to be linked to operational performance
  • provides clear and consistent direction to Industry on ESD and WOL expectations
  • drives WOL cost savings through standardised monitoring
  • facilitates efficient capture of lessons and opportunities that will build corporate knowledge and inform future policy and design and
  • promotes innovation as Designers and Construction Contractors are encouraged to provide options that exceed these requirements.
Broader Framework

Smart Infrastructure complements the resource efficiency requirements included in other Defence Manuals and Policy, including:

Smart Infrastructure is a key component in Defence’s broader resource monitoring framework, which centres on the Resource Data Management System (refer to Figure). Smart Infrastructure requires resource intensity performance metrics reported during the delivery of infrastructure that will be monitored by Defence over the infrastructure’s life.


This document is sponsored by the Directorate of Energy Efficiency, Environmental Resource Management and Sustainability (DEEERMS) on behalf of the Technical Authority Assistant Secretary Environment and Engineering (ASEE). Enquiries may be directed to:

Directorate of Energy Efficiency, Environmental Resource Management and Sustainability

Brindabella Business Park

Canberra ACT 2600

Tel: (02) 6266 8209


Smart Infrastructure Documentation

Smart Infrastructure Documentation - specific to the Estate Works Program

WOL Assessment

Version Control
Version No: 2.7 | Last Updated: Feb 17| Next Review: Oct 17
Technical Authority: ASEE
Subject Matter Expert: DEEEERMS