Fraser Rise: Suburban-sized 1056 Residential Real Estate Association has a bold plan to beat the heatwaves
A suburban Melbourne community has declared itself a gas-free zone and unveiled a bright plan to help residents beat summer heatwaves.
Buyers will be required to install solar panels, have their roofs follow color guidelines, and choose from one of five drought-resistant front yards.
YourLand Developments announced its Society 1056 property about a month after the Victorian government banned gas connections to new homes to be built from January 1 next year.
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This is also the new date that new homes built in the state will need to reach a seven-star rating in the Nationwide House Energy Rating System.
Community 1056 in Fraser Rise, west of Melbourne, spans over 93 hectares, making it larger than Middle Park, Glen Huntley or Seddon.
In addition to banning gas connections in its 1,310 homes (a decision taken two years ago – long before the government announced), developer YourLand has also commissioned 5-kilowatt solar panel systems for more than 1,000 homes to be built on more than 300 acres. Square meters. blocks.
Light-coloured roads, roofs and sidewalks will be used to reduce heat absorption in the height of summer, in addition to planting about 5,200 trees and requiring buyers to choose one of five drought-resistant front yards to mitigate heat absorption.
Sustainable development consultants have estimated that this combination will reduce temperatures by up to seven degrees compared to other regions during summer heat waves.
While buyers’ requirements are more prescriptive than at some other properties, Dean Gold, CEO of YourLand, says the property’s homes will save residents about $3,095 a year on energy bills compared to those who build similar homes with gas hook-up and no solar panels.
“The goal is to make smart decisions for the buyer so they don’t have to,” he says.
Linda Allison, chief executive of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, says the industry is constantly innovating, and needs to, to suit buyer needs.
“Design features play an important role in energy efficiency, helping to keep heating and cooling costs down and addressing climate change,” says Allison.
“It’s exciting to see new features in the housing market and homebuyers embracing them.”
Ownership of YourLand follows housing projects by developers Villawood and Mirvac that previously banned gas connections.
Community 1056 is expected to take 10 years to build and will also have an elementary school, community center and sports facilities, most likely a tennis club.
The first blocks of residential land will hit the market later this month, and the first residents are expected to move in next year, with plans to build a few hundred more affordable townhouses in the future.
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