- Efficient design and innovative format targets gen Y homebuyers
- Revolutionary use of small lot and clever design cuts lifetime running costs
- Innovative technology reduces carbon emissions, energy and water use
The Liberal National Government's innovative and cost-effective housing solution for a new generation of homebuyers was unveiled today at the WGV estate at White Gum Valley.
Lands Minister Terry Redman said the gen Y housing project could revolutionise the way developers used small lots to create attractive, sustainable housing options for young buyers.
"The three units in the project are priced for first homebuyers and can save residents thousands of dollars in running costs, thanks to the use of sustainable materials and energy efficient design," Mr Redman said.
"The gen Y project is a modern, flexible solution for young people seeking to enter the housing market, with shared outdoor living and green spaces that demonstrate how sustainable design delivers quality living."
The Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project is the result of a 2013 LandCorp design competition in which young West Australian architects submitted design concepts for a unique and sustainable residential dwelling that encapsulated the gen Y lifestyle.
Winning Fremantle architect David Barr conceived the design consisting of three interlocking one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments on a compact 250sqm block.
The Minister said the design could revolutionise the building industry's approach to small lots, by demonstrating a novel configuration of individual and shared spaces.
"In decades gone past, a 750sqm triplex block was required to accommodate three units, which would be connected with shared driveways made of concrete and bricks," he said.
"This design turns that thinking on its head and delivers a housing formula that allows us to have the same number of apartments in a third of the space."
The gen Y apartments will be open for inspection by the industry and other groups until the end of February, after which time they will be offered to the market.
- The demonstration housing project is located at Lot 7, WGV at White Gum Valley
- The use of sustainable materials is designed to cut grid energy use by 60 per cent, mains water use by up to 70 per cent, and resident bills by up to $1,200 every year
- The apartments will be advertised for sale from March 2017 and are expected to sell for about $400,000 each. For more information, visit http://www.landcorp.com.au/innovation/wgv
Minister's office - 6552 6700