Sustainability Victoria has announced $2.18 million for the Zero Net Carbon Homes pilot program.
Stockland, Metricon Homes and SJD Homes, in partnership with Parklea, will develop energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable homes for sale in Melbourne’s high-growth suburbs.
The houses will incorporate energy-efficient design features such as extra ceiling and wall insulation, and double glazing to achieve a higher House Energy Rating.
Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan said between now and 2050 an estimated two million new homes will be built in Victoria.
“The volume housing market presents one of the biggest, most readily available and untapped opportunities for emission reductions, cost savings, improved health and wellbeing, as well as productivity in the residential sector," he said.
“Through the Zero Net Carbon Homes pilot program, SJD Homes, Parklea, Stockland and Metricon Homes will offer their customers homes that are affordable to heat and cool and provide year-round comfort.”
“With more zero net carbon homes, Victoria is diversifying its building stock, stimulating the economy and reducing bills for homeowners,” Mr Krpan said.
Funded by the Victorian Government, the Zero Net Carbon Homes pilot program has been designed to act as a catalyst for market transformation in the new home market, as there is currently minimal supply of high efficiency, low carbon dwellings.
Research conducted by Sustainability Victoria identified that zero net carbon homes will contribute to lowering emissions across the residential sector towards meeting the Victorian Government’s 2050 emissions target.
The modelling shows that new high efficiency, low emissions homes could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use in the home by around six tonnes a year, with the emissions from electricity and gas use offset by the electricity generated by a rooftop PV system, and almost halve energy bills compared with a standard home.