Low income families in regional New South Wales can look forward to new homes, lower energy bills and environmental benefits as part of a landmark agreement between the CEFC and Housing Plus, one of the state’s largest regional community housing providers.
The CEFC is investing up to $95 million to support Housing Plus develop 220 new highly energy efficient community housing dwellings in Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange.
The Housing Plus program of works also includes retrofits of rooftop solar and energy efficient technologies across some of its existing properties, to extend the benefits of the CEFC finance to even more low income families.
Housing Plus, a Tier 1 regional community housing provider, has secured the CEFC finance as part of its successful bid for inclusion in the second funding round offered by the NSW Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF).
Housing Plus will draw on the CEFC finance to deliver 47 new dwellings in Bathurst, 87 in Dubbo and 86 in Orange.
The homes, which will boast rooftop solar and energy efficiency technologies, will be built to a minimum 7-Star National Housing Energy Rating System (NatHERS) standard. This is effectively a 40 per cent improvement on the energy efficiency achieved in homes built to the current minimum standard.
The types of technology that may be used to reach the NatHERS target include rooftop solar, battery installations, heat pumps, additional insulation, double glazing, smart meters, LED lighting, and energy efficient white goods.
A key feature of the properties is the provision of energy efficient measures to reduce the running costs of these homes into the future.
As well as providing families with secure, affordable housing, Housing Plus will link tenants and household members with local services to help them work towards greater independence. There is a particular focus on supporting vulnerable older women.
Housing Plus will also expand its existing education program to help its tenants adopt more energy efficient lifestyles, to encourage the more widespread adoption of sustainable housing practices.
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