Builders chosen for $2m energy efficiency pilot

Three building companies have been selected by the Victorian Government to participate in a $2.18 million energy efficiency pilot.

Stockland, Metricon Homes and SJD Homes will develop energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable homes for sale in Melbourne’s high-growth suburbs as part of the Zero Net Carbon Homes pilot.

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.

Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said the pilot was an opportunity to work with the housing industry to design and build better homes for Victorians.

“We’re supporting Victorian businesses to develop new homes that provide a lifetime of lower energy costs,” she said.

Modelling undertaken by Sustainability Victoria found the purpose-built homes could almost halve energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions by around six tonnes a year compared to a standard new home.

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,” Mr Krpan said.

“With more zero net carbon homes, Victoria is diversifying its building stock, stimulating the economy and reducing bills for homeowners.”