Green features the bottom line
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]munitywestre.com.au.
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.sustainablehouseday.com.
Part of Sustainable House Day, this home in Landcorp’s sustainable WGV estate has an east-west orientation and unobstructed solar access.