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About the First House with No Bills

As part of this vision, Mirvac has built a home at our $130 million Jack Rd development in Cheltenham to demonstrate the first phase of the project, which is a study designed to deliver a home without energy bills.

The home looks, feels and operates the same as a typical home but has been designed to reduce its reliance on energy to the point it will not generate any bills with methods including, only electric appliances to eliminate the gas bill, increased roof insulation and the installation of solar PV panels and batteries with intelligent controls, the use of LED lighting, energy efficient appliances and smart metering and monitoring systems, which assists the Zimmerman’s in keeping track of where and how their energy is being used.

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Zero Cost Electricity: A Study

The first ‘House with No Bills’ has become home to the Zimmerman family for a 12-month period. In an industry-first initiative, Mirvac will utilise a long-range study to follow their energy usage within the home to uncover how average families consume energy and how the house design and associated sustainable technology performs.

By gathering data on the Zimmerman family’s everyday energy consumption, it will shed light on how to best roll-out this home model on a wider scale. The study, conducted by Curtin University for the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL), is an important step towards creating affordable energy efficient communities across Australia. 

The adoption of greater sustainable and green building practices in residential communities could be achieved by offering such market-based solutions to buyers, similar to those featured in the ‘House with No Bills’. 

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The Research Project

The Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is the pre-eminent research and innovation hub in Australia with a focus on creating a competitive low carbon built environment sector. With partners including leading universities, the CSIRO, state and local governments, peak industry bodies and private industry, the CRCLCL is uniquely placed to draw on expertise and knowledge in the delivery of its work.

The research project will include monthly reports highlighting the findings from a monthly survey with the Zimmerman’s and a full review of the energy data being collected within the home. Real-time energy data is being collected from a network of sensors within the homes, allowing the Curtin University research team to get a full understanding of how energy is being used, from the solar generation, battery, hot water and air conditioning consumption, right down to the kitchen kettle. 

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