South East Water, Villawood Properties and Victorian Minister for Water, Lisa Neville, have joined together for the launch of South East Water’s Aquarevo House.
The house marks a major milestone for the Aquarevo development, located in Lyndhurst, Victoria, where all 460 homes will be plumbed with three sources of water; drinking, recycled and rainwater.
South East Water is integrating the fit-for-purpose water sources into the homes through water saving initiatives, which will reduce the community’s reliance on drinking water by up to 70 per cent.
The homes will also feature a rooftop solar system, and many homes will receive Sonnen batteries, which together can provide up to 80 per cent of a household’s annual energy usage.
Residents in the estate will benefit from living in a sustainable community and will also enjoy savings on their water and energy bills.
Arden Homes has designed and built the 8-star rated Aquarevo House using sustainable and recycled materials.
Aquarevo House demonstrates that sustainable, energy-efficient homes can also be affordable, with a retail price point up to $70,000 less than the average new home build.
South East Water will use the house for research, development and education purposes, as the team develops and tests new applications for some of the water saving initiatives within the estate.
The utility has partnered with Villawood Properties to deliver Aquarevo, Australia’s most water- and energy-efficient residential estate.
Aquarevo’s first residents are already moving in, and living with water-saving technologies, including Tank Talk, OneBox+ and a rain-to-hot water system.
Aquarevo House showcases the water and sustainability features that make Aquarevo so special.
Through continually demonstrating the benefits of the Aquarevo model and working with high-calibre builders, Villawood Properties hopes to bring positive change by bringing sustainable housing into the mainstream.
South East Water’s Managing Director, Terri Benson, said that Aquarevo has been an exciting journey and a great learning experience for the organisation, which is thrilled to reach a new milestone with the launch of Aquarevo House.
“Aquarevo brings to life a new way of providing water solutions to our customers, and by working with developers and builders we’ve been able to extend the benefits beyond water and create a great place to live. This is truly an example of integrated water planning helping create a better world for our customers,” Ms Benson said.
“We look forward to sharing our knowledge with others, and researching how we can take these initiatives to the next level and apply them in new ways.”