The House with No Bills is being built in the Melbourne suburb of Cheltenham, and is part of Mirvac’s overall sustainability strategy, ‘This Changes Everything’.
For young Australia, climate change and housing affordability are some of the biggest concerns. While climate change increasingly threatens our overall quality of life, housing affordability - coupled with rising energy and utility prices - is a growing problem, particularly in our big cities.
In 2016, Mirvac decided to tackle both issues simultaneously, announcing its plan to create the innovative ‘House with No Bills’.
To be built in Melbourne, the House with No Bills is part of Mirvac’s overall sustainability strategy, ‘This Changes Everything’.
The House with no Bills is being built in the Melbourne suburb of Cheltenham and will be complete in 2017. It will have three bedrooms, and has been designed to look, feel and operate in the same way as a typical home, with sustainable features having very little impact on how the residents live.
The house will reduce its reliance on electricity in several ways, including increased roof insulation, the use of solar PV panels and batteries, passive solar design, use of LED lighting, and energy efficient appliances. To achieve a zero cost bill, smart meters and monitoring systems will also help the residents keep track of where and how their energy is being used.
When complete, this exciting project will set new standards for residential development in Australia. Key elements include:
Learning from how people genuinely live
As part of the project, Mirvac will conduct an industry-first 12-month study of the residents in The House with No Bills. This will include tracking their energy use and uncovering exactly how average families consume energy, and how the house’s design and its sustainable technology relates to this. This information will then be used to determine how Mirvac develops energy efficient homes in the future.
Mirvac is even investigating providing the use of an electric car and bikes for the duration of the study to reduce the home owners’ cost of transport and their associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Phase two: zero cost water
Once the initial 12-month study has taken place, phase two of Mirvac’s House with No Bills project will focus on opportunities for zero cost water and sewerage in new, greenfield communities.
Delivering a positive carbon outcome
The House with No Bills is also likely to have a positive carbon outcome, meaning home owners can feed more clean, renewable energy back to the grid than they will consume, to achieve a cost neutral outcome.
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