Mirvac is set to deliver a $350 million project featuring net zero, high performance, energy efficient and affordable housing in Altona North in Melbourne.

The new master planned community is called The Fabric and will trial net zero homes across the entire first stage of 49 townhouses. ARENA is contributing $784,000 in funding to support the trial.

“Through this project, Mirvac will be able to offer home buyers features that will help reduce energy use, energy bills and emissions from the beginning,” ARENA chief executive Darren Miller said.

The homes will achieve a NatHERS ratings of at least seven stars and operational net zero for energy, which is expected to deliver annual savings of up to $3000 on energy bills for occupants.

Gas will not be connected, and the all-electric homes will feature five-kilowatt peak (5kWp) photovoltaic solar panels and 10 kilowatt hours (10kWh) of battery storage, smart-home energy monitoring, high-performing lighting, heat-pump hot water systems, all-electric appliances, roof ventilation, efficient reverse-cycle airconditioning, and EV charging.

High-performance double glazed windows, thicker than standard walls and upgraded wall and roof insulation will improve the overall thermal performance, reducing the need to use aircon for heating or cooling.

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