Green fea­tures the bot­tom line

Cockburn Gazette - - RESIDENTIA­L -

SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY and its en­vi­ron­men­tal and fi­nan­cial benefits is gain­ing im­por­tance with home own­ers, who are seek­ing these fea­tures in the homes they buy and build.

Re­search from the CSIRO and Com­mon Cap­i­tal for En­er­gyFit Homes showed 92 per cent of housing consumers want en­ergy ef­fi­ciency de­tails revealed in build­ing in­spec­tion re­ports, 82 per cent at open in­spec­tion and 72 per cent in prop­erty ad­ver­tis­ing, with half of home buy­ers and renters will­ing to pay for this in­for­ma­tion.

Two ini­tia­tives will en­able buy­ers and those look­ing to build to con­sider sus­tain­abil­ity fea­tures for their new homes.

Sustainabl­e House Day on Sun­day will show­case de­sign fea­tures for healthy, com­fort­able and low-cost liv­ing.

Or­gan­ised by Re­new, the an­nual event will in­clude 40 WA prop­er­ties and give peo­ple a chance to see homes de­signed, built or ren­o­vated with healthy and en­vi­ron­men­tal liv­ing in mind and speak to and learn from home own­ers.

“Ev­ery­one wants a home that is well-de­signed, healthy and runs ef­fi­ciently in an age of high en­ergy bills,” Re­new chief ex­ec­u­tive Donna Luck­man said.

"Sustainabl­e House Day al­lows Aus­tralians to see real homes that have achieved this and get un­bi­ased ad­vice on how to make their homes more com­fort­able and cheaper to run.”

The CSIRO has also launched a Live­abil­ity Real Estate Frame­work to give sell­ers, buy­ers, land­lords and ten­ants a sim­ple way to iden­tify 17 fea­tures that re­duce a home’s run­ning costs and in­crease com­fort.

It cov­ers lo­ca­tion, floor plan and lay­out, key build­ing struc­ture el­e­ments, im­por­tant en­ergy and wa­ter ef­fi­ciency de­vices and en­ergy rat­ings.

Com­mu­nity West Real Estate di­rec­tor Chiara Paci­fici has led in­dus­try train­ing on well-de­signed, high-tech sustainabl­e homes for more than 10 years.

As one of only a hand­ful of agents qual­i­fied na­tion­ally as a Live­abil­ity Real Estate Spe­cial­ist, she wel­comed the new frame­work.

She said more had needed to be done to in­form buy­ers, sell­ers and renters of the benefits so they un­der­stood how to make bet­ter real estate choices.

“Live­abil­ity is all about find­ing or cre­at­ing your best home, one where you and loved ones can thrive,” Ms Paci­fici said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, most of these fea­tures are miss­ing in stan­dard prop­erty ap­praisals and these are the very at­tributes that ben­e­fit buy­ers and ten­ants year­round; these homes are health­ier, more ther­mally com­fort­able, af­ford­able to run and con­nected with the com­mu­nity.”

Ms Paci­fici said live­abil­ity fea­tures could also en­hance prop­erty value, es­pe­cially when mar­keted and com­mu­ni­cated well to buy­ers and ten­ants.

“Prop­erty value and its improvemen­t over time mat­ters to all buy­ers, as does a bet­ter per­form­ing home that costs less to run,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the live­abil­ity of your home con­tact Ms Paci­fici at [email protected]­mu­ni­ty­

Real estate agents in­ter­ested in train­ing in this field can also con­tact her.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Sustainabl­e House Day and to see what homes are open for view­ing in Perth, visit www.sus­tain­able­house­

Part of Sustainabl­e House Day, this home in Land­corp’s sustainabl­e WGV estate has an east-west ori­en­ta­tion and un­ob­structed so­lar ac­cess.

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