Vic gov’t launches zero net carbon home design pilot program

The Victorian Government has named the companies that will develop a series of energy-efficient homes in Melbourne’s outer suburbs in a pilot program designed to encourage the construction of well-designed, zero net carbon homes by volume builders.

Sustainability Victoria, which is convening the program, says that the “high performance design specifications” used in the homes to achieve the program’s targets could include “double glazing, installation of high-efficiency heating, cooling, water heating, lighting and solar PV to off-set annual greenhouse gas emissions from energy used in the home.”

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Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian energy and environment minister, said, “This pilot is an opportunity to work with the housing industry to design and build better homes for Victorians.”

The building companies that will lead the development of the homes are Stockland, Metricon Homes and SJD Homes in partnership with Parklea. The government has provided $2.18 million in funding for the program.

The three-stage program involves not only the design and construction of the homes, but also the creation of marketing strategies for the homes and their eventual sale to the public and an evaluation stage where the benefits of zero net carbon homes will be monitored.

The sustainable credentials of the homes will be assessed by independent assessors.

Sustainability Victoria estimates that two million new homes will be built across the state between now and 2050, making the volume housing market “one of the biggest, most readily available and untapped opportunities for emission reductions, cost savings and improved health and wellbeing.”

The program has been developed in support of the government’s Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy.

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