Residential development utilises heat pumps to harvest energy

Rosehill Waters, a residential development near Perth’s CBD, uses pumps to harvest free energy from solar PV, helping it to meet the six elements of EnviroDevelopment and achieve the 6-leaf development status rarely awarded by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

The Chairman’s Choice is one of the UDIA WA Awards for Excellence, specifically developed to acknowledge excellence and innovation in the urban development industry. The awards recognise outstanding achievements of high quality developments.

A display home village to open in November 2017 will showcase the sustainable measures included in every home. Those measures will include two heat pumps harvesting free energy from a 6kw solar panel system, a smart meter, minimum 7-star energy efficiency, connection to the community bore, and water wise designed landscaped gardens.

The developer, Noahs Rosehill Waters, adopted UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment program, pledging to build a sustainable suburb, showcasing lifestyle, comfort, acoustic performance, build quality and great environmental performance.

“It was an exacting and challenging task to show how Rosehill Waters could become a stand out example of sustainable development, but we got there through EnviroDevelopment,” said General Manager Sandra Klarich.

“Now, with that accreditation it’s easier for purchasers to recognise environmentally sustainable homes because EnviroDevelopment helps us, as developers, to deliver a high-quality product that responds to environmental and social changes.

“For example, under the energy leaf, the combination of the rooftops of Rosehill Waters will form one of the largest PV systems in the country, with a total of 1.8 megawatts of capacity.

“The whole site – not just individual houses – is a Master Builder’s Smart Waste Zone. All lots will be connected to a community bore, which also provides for public realm irrigation. No mains water will be used for irrigation, resulting in a 40 pre cent reduction in mains water use across the development.”

Chairman of the Western Australian Planning Commission, Eric Lumsden, said recipients of the 2017 UDIA WA Awards for Excellence showcased the very best the state offers in contemporary urban design and development.

“They acknowledge and celebrate Western Australia talent and innovation, and provide a platform for projects that both challenge and inspire,” Mr Lumsden said.

EnviroDevelopment is a scientifically-based assessment scheme that independently reviews development projects and awards certification to those that achieve outstanding performance across four or more elements – Ecosystems, Waste, Energy, Materials, Water and Community.

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