What’s this home’s secret sustainability weapon?
It’s stylish and contemporary, but beneath the surface of this Camperdown residence are features which really make it a stand-out, and provide a glimpse into the future of sustainable living.
One set to raise eyebrows among home hunters is tucked away where its new owner will rarely venture. Hidden down the side of the property is a home battery, a technology which Tesla mastermind Elon Musk claims will change the world. Linked to the property’s rooftop solar PV system, the 10kw LG lithium ion battery has the potential to store its own energy and, if run efficiently, could enable residents to live off the grid.
Home batteries are new to Australia, with the first reportedly installed just over two years ago. At 33A Marmion Street Camperdown, one of our current property listings, the battery combines with a suite of other sustainable devices and design features. The newly built four-bedroom home boasts 12 of the 17 liveability attributes outlined by the CSIRO’s Centre for Liveability Real Estate, compared to the average home which would typically only achieve four or five.
With a rainwater tank recycling system, louvres for cross-flow ventilation and high-performing insulation, it’s designed to not only cut down on utility bills, but to also provide a comfortable and sustainable home environment.
The home is part of a broader movement towards sustainable living, something which is gaining great momentum in Sydney’s progressive inner-west. With Australia’s 9.6 million households responsible for over 10 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, innovations which cut down on utility usage make a significant contribution towards a healthier planet.