Sustainable housing model to be expanded
The Victorian Government is supporting investment-ready social enterprises respond to climate change, avoid and recover waste and improve resource efficiency in the Victorian community, and to create new jobs and training opportunities. The government is helping Nightingale Housing replicate its model for environmentally and socially sustainable housing developments in Victoria.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate change Lily D’Ambrosio announced today that Nightingale Housing will receive a $100,000 grant – one of the first to be awarded as part of the $1 million Social Impact Investment for Sustainability Program.
“Nightingale Housing is leading the way in delivering a new model of sustainable and affordable housing that enriches the lives of Victorians through a better way of living,” D’Ambrosio says.
Nightingale Housing received the grant for demonstrating that it is a not-for-profit social enterprise delivering positive environmental and social projects.
Nightingale Housing supports the development of energy efficient homes that provide significant cost savings for homeowners.
The funding will enable the sustainability measures from Nightingale 1 to be implemented and improved in the newly announced Nightingale Village, where seven of Melbourne’s leading architectural practices have come together to build a Nightingale precinct.
“We know how popular this model is and we are working to ensure that more Victorians have access to energy efficient homes that are cheaper to live in and use 100 per cent renewable energy,” D’Ambrosio says.
More than 3500 people have indicated an interest in this model as potential purchasers.
Nightingale’s sustainability principles will be applied in seven buildings, as well as across the street level. Nightingale Housing Managing Director Jeremy McLeod says, “We are thrilled to win the Sustainability Victoria grant, as this will allow us to capture the ground-breaking sustainability initiatives in Nightingale 1, and use them to improve environmental sustainability in housing across Melbourne, specifically in our upcoming project, Nightingale Village.”
Nightingale Housing has supported the development of five housing projects using the Nightingale model’s sustainability principles, and won the 2017 Built Environment Category at the Premier’s Sustainability Awards for Nightingale 1 in Brunswick.
The Social Impact Investment for Sustainability Program is supporting investment-ready social enterprises to create new jobs and training opportunities, respond to climate change, avoid and recover waste and improve resource efficiency in the Victorian community.
For more information or to apply for a grant or loan visit sustainability.vic.gov.au/
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