An affordable housing complex in Moonah has become Tasmania's first multi-residential development to win a prestigious 5-Star Green award for sustainability.
The Green Building Council of Australia's award for the Hopkins Street complex is a landmark achievement.
It achieves environmental excellence and creates jobs in the construction phase.
The Hopkins Street complex provides 30 units for Tasmanians in need, including six two-bedroom units with wheelchair access.
It embraces many environmental sustainability principles - with each unit achieving a 7 or 8 star energy rating.
The complex features:
- Solar hot water systems.
- Energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting.
- Substantial insulation.
- A 58,000 litre on-site underground water tank to boost water efficiency.
SEMF and Xsquared Architects designed the complex, which was built by Hutchinson Builders.
More than $17.5 million has been invested since 2009 to boost energy efficiency in low income households and small businesses, as well as the buildings of not-for-profit groups.
An extra $2.5 million has also been allocated this financial year to Housing Tasmania's successful Energy Champions Program - which supports up to 2,000 low income families, single pensioners and tenants on youth allowance with in-home energy assessments and simple energy efficiency upgrades.
Under that program, tenants are expected to save up to $300 a year on their power bills.
The Hopkins Street complex cost $7.8 million to build, and was opened on December 15th, 2011. Tenancies are managed by Housing Choices Tasmania in partnership with Housing Tasmania.
The Australian Government contributed $4.6 million under the Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan, with the Tasmanian Government providing the rest.
12 Sep 2013