Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    Minister Johnston launches sustainable home of the future

    19/10/2020 8:30 AM
    • Minister launches Mirvac's Affordability Experiment home in Bennett Springs
    • Family to move into 9.1-star energy rating home that will deliver substantial bill savings

    Energy Minister Bill Johnston today launched an affordable housing experiment between Mirvac, Synergy, Terrace and Keystart.


    Terrace has designed and constructed a $415,000 three-bedroom, two-bathroom net-zero energy terrace home at Iluma Private Estate in Bennett Springs.


    Jackson and Lisa Purcell, with their children Monroe (five) and Christian (two), will move into the sustainable home today.


    The family's energy and water use will be monitored over 12 months to help gain an understanding of the cost savings that can be achieved by living in an energy-efficient home.


    The home has been built to a 9.1-star energy rating, taking into account various energy saving initiatives, including solar passive design, and water and energy efficient appliances.


    Synergy has provided rooftop solar panels and a battery to further reduce the energy requirements of the home and help the family better manage their electricity bills.


    The Purcell family will pay rent to Mirvac, which will be set aside as a deposit; following the completion of the experiment, the family can use that money set aside as a deposit to purchase their first home.


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Without a doubt, energy efficient buildings are an excellent way to help Western Australians lower their electricity bills and manage their energy consumption.


    "We are proud Synergy has contributed to this Affordability Experiment through donating a 5.28 kilowatt rooftop solar system and an eight kilowatt hour battery.  


    "Through our Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, the McGowan Government embraces innovative energy technologies like batteries and the role they can play in our future energy system."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700