Huge climate change protests and global summits in recent weeks have highlighted the increasing value homeowners place on sustainability.
Jellis Craig Brunswick agent Lisa Roberts said buyers would pay extra for sustainable features including building orientation, insulation, solar panels, cross flow ventilation and glazing.
She added that empty nesters were becoming more interested in sustainable living, often because of the shared community values and garden produce that often feature in eco-developments.
“First-home buyers are also realising that buying an energy-efficient property means they can use the money they save on bills to help pay off the mortgage,” she said.
She also said properties with high energy efficiency ratings were still very rare on the market.
We compiled a list of some of the most eco-friendly properties currently on the Victorian market.
10 Periwinkle Place, Cape Paterson
Part of sustainable housing estate ‘The Cape’, this three-bedroom house is on the market for $685,000-$750,000, having being awarded the Excellence Award for the Best Sustainable Home, Regional Victoria South East Region (it’s on the coast south of Wonthaggi) 2019 by Master Builders Association of Victoria.
The all electric home has an 8.3-star energy efficiency rating, consuming just 2kWh of grid-electricity a day.
Solar power, energy storage, electric car charging station and rainwater storage all feature.
5/80 Clyde St, Thornbury
With passive solar and cross ventilation principles, solar panelling, water tanks and a 7.4 energy rating, this Thornbury home is also a contemporary classic.
On the market for $1.19-$1.3 million, the three-bedroom home features a thriving edible garden, hydronic heating and concrete floors.
457 Youngs Rd, Baynton
For a more rural escape, this three-bedrom Baynton (just north of Lancefield and Kyneton) house on 23.6ha comes with a price tag of $675,000-$725,000.
It features an off-grid solar system, dams, shedding and rainwater storage.
211 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Apartments in this Six Degrees Architects designed block start from $550,000.
Cross-flow ventilation is maximised in each apartment’s interiors, while hydronic heating and communal rooftop gardens are some of the sustainable features included.
-With Jay Smiles