SHARED CAR INI­TIA­TIVE AT NEW DE­VEL­OP­MENT

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

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.

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