ARENA-backed project trials all-electric “net zero energy” homes in Melbourne

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ARENA backs Mirvac housing project in Melbourne to demonstrate the feasibility of building solar and battery powered “net zero energy” homes at scale.

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UPDATED: A Mirvac housing project planned for Melbourne’s south-west has been awarded $784,000 in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, to help demonstrate the feasibility of building “net zero energy,” all-electric homes at scale.

The $2 million project, called The Fabric, will build 49 new 7-star energy rated townhouses, each with between 3.8-5kW of rooftop solar, 10kWh of battery storage, smart energy monitoring, and energy efficient electric appliances, heating, cooling, lighting and hot water systems.

The townhouses will also be “VPP ready,” in that they will be able to provide demand response via heating and cooling devices enabled to speak to the grid, and they be equipped to add an electric vehicle charger in the garage.

Mirvac Victoria has been taking some major steps to green its building portfolio, with the broader company pledging in June to be Net Positive Carbon by 2030, including through the development of all-electric buildings powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

ARENA says The Fabric’s townhouses are intended to be all-electric – as you can see in the video still below, they offer induction cook-tops – but that “due to regulatory requirements” in Victoria, gas will still be available if the buyer wants to go down this path.

In a statement on Friday, ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the Agency hoped that the Mirvac trial would encourage a step change in the housing industry.

“Through this project, Mirvac will be able to offer home buyers features that will help reduce energy use, energy bills and emissions from the beginning,” he said.

“The Altona North site will provide the perfect test case in pushing to create change in the building industry and also inform potential buyers about the benefits of owning a net zero energy home,” he said.

To read the full story on RenewEconomy sister site, One Step Off The Grid, click here…

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