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 (VHB). We are excited to announce the successful builders working with the Program are Metricon Homes, Stockland and SJD Homes in partnership with Parklea.
This pilot program will provide technical and marketing expertise to each of the builders to facilitate the development, marketing and sales of leading-edge sustainably designed Zero Net Carbon (ZNC) homes.
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.|
Zero Net Carbon Homes are designed to be zero net carbon based on the anticipated energy use in this home for four people occupying the home all day. The rating does not include embodied energy.
The energy bills of a Zero Net Carbon Home will be reduced but may not be zero due to the difference between export and import costs of energy and connection fees.
Zero Net Carbon Homes team
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