The structure of this report is based on the CRCLCL RP3033 project activities which included:
Performance modelling to ascertain the operational energy and carbon emission profiles for the different dwelling typologies at WGV.
Life Cycle Analysis of a selection of dwellings in the precinct representing different typologies, construction methods and building materials.
The design and implementation of performance monitoring systems to monitor operational energy and water use across the precinct.
Data collection and analysis to demonstrate the degree of energy and water savings across the various dwelling typologies compared to local averages.
Resident engagement to understand the impact of home practice on energy and water use.
Engagement with the City of Fremantle (local government authority) to share the findings of a planning and design process analysis to identify solutions to barriers to the implementation of low carbon developments.
Documentation and communication of the WGV Living Lab journey via a 10-part web-based video series.
Each of these activities is presented as a dedicated section in this report; including activity overview, outcomes and references.
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WGV is a 2.2ha residential infill development in White Gum Valley delivered by the Western Australian State Government Developer, LandCorp. Consisting of four multi-residential sites, one group housing site and 23 detached residential sites, WGV will eventually accommodate up to 100 dwellings and around 250 people. Civil works commenced at WGV in 2014, with construction of the first buildings starting later the same year. As of July 2019, WGV is approximately 60% built out and occupied.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) research project Mainstreaming Net Zero Energy Housing aims to improve industry understanding of Net Zero Energy Homes (NZEH) while addressing cost and consumer interest barriers. The project also provides a unique opportunity to increase collaboration between industry players such as land developers and volume builders.
This document is a resource for anyone planning or assessing new low carbon precincts. Its advice complements existing policy and may be of use to developers, planners, policy makers and the community—anyone who is seeking to understand how to create sustainable urban outcomes.