SHARED CAR INITIATIVE AT NEW DEVELOPMENT
ELECTRIC cars and bikes are all part of the package at one of Perth’s newest apartments.
In what is believed to be a first for WA, residents at Verdant will be able to book electric cars to use when they need. In addition, 20 bikes will be on hand for residents to use.
Stirling Capital director Luke Reinecke said initiatives like this were popular in Europe and were likely to be embraced by Perth’s urban population.
“We think sustainability is a huge concern for many people in Perth,” he said.
“We believe those in the market for new apartments have a great awareness of environmental design and a positive attitude toward sustainability, more than we’ve ever seen before.
“We think that Perth’s urban sprawl has meant that affordable housing comes at a significant cost in terms of travel times to work and levels of amenity.
“At Verdant, residents can walk or cycle to their favourite restaurants or bars, like in other great cities in the world such as Berlin or London where there is less reliance on cars and more emphasis on urban villages. The location has a Walk Score of 95 and Transit Score of 100 out of a possible 100.”
The pool of cars and bicycles are among a host of sustainability features within the development. Off-the-plan purchasers will also be given the option to install charging stations at their designated bays. Each apartment will be fitted with low flow water fittings and fixtures that are expected to reduce usage by around 55 per cent.
Low energy fluorescent and LED light fittings with energy efficient controls will be provided.
“Outdoor areas will also be fitted with motion sensors and timers. Furthermore, a central, solar boosted gas hot water plant will use less energy and do away with the need for bulky hot water systems in each apartment, to free up more living space. Purchasers also have the option of upgrading to real-time, tablet-based energy monitoring system,” Mr Reinecke said.
He said strata levies would be “comparable or cheaper than similar developments”, starting from $1600/year.
“Because the sustainability initiatives have been a focus from the project’s inception, we have been able to incorporate them all at a very low cost. Retrofitting them at a later date would have been expensive,” he said.