Affordable housing of high quality and energy efficiency

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Affordable housing of high quality and energy efficiency

When the Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Senator Doug Cameron toured Centacare Evolve Housing’s newly built affordable housing units in Bridgewater recently, it was a chance for us to point out the quality features of these brand new homes.

Every one of these units has a 7-star energy rating, and that means they are comfortable to live in all year round. It means the tenants here will have low energy bills and that’s good for their budgets as well as for the environment.

“There’s no reason why affordable housing cannot be of high quality and incorporate energy efficiency features,” said CatholicCare’s Director of Housing Services Ben Wilson.

“Firstly, these homes are situated on the block to best suite thermal orientation to capture all day sunlight so the occupants can keep their heating and cooling to a minimum. Secondly, we have used double glazing in the windows and higher rated thermal insulation in the ceilings, floors and walls.

“We’ve installed heat pumps that are economical and environmentally friendly.

“We see sustainability as a vital component in the management of housing stock, and the upgrades we are doing to our existing houses have meant that some properties that had only a 1-star energy rating are now in the 5 plus star range,” Ben said.

Senator Cameron was impressed with what he saw and heard during his visit, and Centacare Evolve Housing intends to further improve sustainability and energy efficiency of its housing stock.

“We are looking at what materials can be used in construction that will have a longer life cycle, be durable and suited to the Tasmanian climate,” said Ben.

L-R: CatholicCare Director of Housing Services Ben Wilson showing MP for Lyons Brian Mitchell, Senator Doug Cameron and Labor candidate for Clark Ben McGregor through on one of the newly completed units in Green Point Rd.

L-R: CatholicCare Director of Housing Services Ben Wilson showing MP for Lyons Brian Mitchell, Senator Doug Cameron and Labor candidate for Clark Ben McGregor through on one of the newly completed units in Green Point Rd.

Senator Cameron with CatholicCare Executive Director Tim Gourlay after the visit.

Senator Cameron with CatholicCare Executive Director Tim Gourlay after the visit.

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Federal funding to enable new housing with wellbeing at its heart.

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Federal funding to enable new housing with wellbeing at its heart.

CatholicCare Tasmania will receive $8M to build new homes as part of a $30M Federal Government housing package for the Hobart area.

 “This funding is going to four providers with shovel-ready projects,” said Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, “It’s a way to get roofs over people’s heads as soon as possible.”

 CatholicCare will build 55 dwellings in Claremont for housing priority applicants.

 “We’ll house about 120 people and many are homeless now or at risk of homelessness and in great need,” said CatholicCare Executive Director Tim Gourlay.

 A unique feature of the development is a community wellbeing Hub which is an initiative of CatholicCare’s Social Impact Program. The Hub will facilitate social connection by providing a shared place for residents and support them to engage with organisations that provide various social and wellbeing programs and activities. Events and services will also be brought to the Hub.

 “This project will have social impact at its heart,” said CatholicCare’s Social Impact Program Director Belinda Clarke, “The vision is to contribute to the growth of vibrant and hopeful communities that value the dignity and worth of each person.

 “We want these dwellings to be more than just houses. From the beginning we will work with the community to co-create spaces, initiatives and activities that will enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities,” Belinda said.

 

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