To support the delivery of the Victorian Government’s Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy, Sustainability Victoria (SV) is providing funding for a pilot program to develop and market Zero Net Carbon homes in Victoria in collaboration with Volume Home Builders.
This pilot program will provide technical and marketing expertise to Volume Home Builders (VHB) to facilitate the development, marketing and sales of leading-edge sustainably designed Zero Net Carbon (ZNC) homes. As Volume Home Builders play a critical role in providing effective leadership for the residential building sector, we invite Volume Home Builders to join with us in this pilot program.
The objectives of the program are to:
Between now and 2050 an estimated two million new homes will be built in Victoria. Collectively, these homes represent one of the biggest financial investments Victorians will make. Building homes to be energy efficient and with low greenhouse gas emissions can aid Victoria’s transition to a low-carbon economy and provide environmental benefits too.
Research shows that if we build homes to be more energy efficient and to achieve zero, or very low, greenhouse gas emissions they can provide home owners with:
Therefore, 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.
Consequently, the 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, and a lack of a trusted independent endorsement scheme that can enable builders to market and sell these types of homes, and for consumers to have confidence that they are getting what they pay for.
The program has been designed to be delivered in three distinct and interrelated phases that will enable participating Volume Home Builders to design, construct, market and evaluate homes that meet the program requirements. ZNC homes developed under the program will incorporate key features such as but not limited to:
The three program phases and their overarching objectives are:
|Phase #||Phase name||Overarching phase objective|
|1||Creating ZNC Homes||Design and construct ZNC homes that meet the program requirements.|
|2||Realising the value of ZNC homes||Create and implement a marketing strategy with each Volume Home Builder to sell ZNC homes.|
|3||Evaluating the benefits of ZNC homes||Monitor and evaluate the lessons learnt through the program.|
SV is seeking applications from eligible Volume Home Builders and Land Developers to participate in the program. The program’s application process is merit based and will be used to select at least three Volume Home Builders and Land Developers working in one or more of Melbourne’s four growth corridor areas (West, North, South East and Sunbury / Diggers Rest), the Geelong region and Mitchell Shire. The program will run until 2020.
Source: Growth Corridor Plans (2012) Victorian Growth Areas Authority
For further information on the program please download the following documentation:
For all program inquiries please email email@example.com
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