In large volume housing construction, new suburbs are required to include a standard amount of trees, landscaping and walkability. This is the main way developers reduce carbon emissions. The carbon footprint of individual homes is then up to the homeowner and they decide how eco-friendly their home is.
The new Green Star Home Standard certification system is a world-first residential certification for large volume developers which endorses reducing climate impact. With the main attraction being energy savings where homeowners can see their bill slashed by up to 75 percent, the certification system also includes standards on health (ventilation/comfort) and resilience which includes water efficiency features. The result is homes with significantly reduced carbon emissions and impact on climate change.
So far developers such as Stockland, Mirvac, Metricon, Rawson Homes, Chatham Homes and Passive House have signed up to be early adopters. Developers have noticed that people are spending more time at home, with working from home no longer a novelty. People are becoming more conscious of the impact their home has on themselves and the environment.
It is exciting to see developers meet the demand for more sustainable homes in Australia.