First property sales for Victoria’s Zero Net Carbon Homes program
11 September 2019
27 homes designed to meet zero net carbon standards have been sold in Melbourne's fast-growing south-east.
The milestone marks the first public sales of homes developed under our Zero Net Carbon Homes pilot program. An initiative which aims to increase the supply and demand for zero net carbon homes and help reduce power bills and carbon emissions.
The 27 residential properties were sold in June by SJD Homes – one of three volume home builders participating in the program. SJD’s zero net carbon 'Z-Range' display home is located at Parklea Developments' Timbertop estate in Officer.
SJD Homes was the first builder to launch a display home under the Zero Net Carbon program in October 2018. A zero net carbon home runs exclusively on electricity, with energy consumption fully offset by renewable energy generated on-site.
SJD Homes director Simon Dunstan has been a strong advocate for energy efficient building design for many years and first offered a sustainable home for buyers in 2009.
“The market wasn’t quite ready at that stage for low carbon home design”, Simon recalls. Consumers are now more aware of the benefits – like year-round comfort and lower energy bills – so demand for low-carbon dwellings is beginning to take off, he believes.
“Our new Z-Range design and Eco Saver retail package hits the mark with the buyer,” says SJD Sales Manager Rod Fitzsimmons. “Buyers can see the value of a small investment going a long way, for a healthier, more comfortable lifestyle, as well as ongoing savings in power bills.”
The 27 zero net carbon homes are expected to be completed by mid-2020.
Sustainability Victoria’s Zero Net Carbon Homes program supports the delivery of the Victorian Government’s Energy Efficiency and Productivity Strategy, by the development and marketing of Zero Net Carbon homes in Victoria in collaboration with volume home builders, SJD Homes, Metricon and Stockland.