/Re-imagining affordable and sustainable housing in Geelong

Re-imagining affordable and sustainable housing in Geelong

Property Collectives townhouse project in Northcote.

IF you are looking at building a house but are put off by all the costs, there is an innovative and more affordable alternative.

More affordable housing options are coming to light that promote collective living and sustainable designs.

Collective housing enables a group of residents to design their own sustainable compact home at cost.

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Inside the Property Collectives townhouse project in Northcote.

One of the speakers at Geelong Sustainability’s Clever Living seminar on ‘Innovative options for affordable housing’ is Tim Riley, founder of Property Collectives.

Mr Riley said building with a collective allows people to take control of their housing options and create higher quality living spaces at cost.

“Members of some collectives have explored incorporating communal features like shared gardens, roof decks, laundries and bike storage,” he said.

The Clever Living seminar will be held at Geelong’s library.

Property Collectives brings together like minded people that pool financial resources to buy land and fund their development and they control the design and build before everyone receives a customised townhouse at the end.

It is reported these developments can cost save about 15 per cent of a completed home.

Vicki Perrett (Co-ordinator Sustainable House open day) at Watersedge Terrace - the architect-designed residence is sensitive to its steep site adjacent the Barwon River. The design was inspired by Austrian artist Hundertwasser, who uses bright colours to reflect nature.

Geelong Sustainability, president Vicki Perrett said it was important to get this information out to Geelong residents.

Geelong Sustainability president Vicki Perrett said the majority of Geelong houses were not cleverly designed or energy efficient, making them uncomfortable and expensive to heat and cool.

“It’s important that we get this information out there so Geelong can really lead the way towards more affordable eco housing and net zero carbon emissions,” Ms Perrett said.

She said people in Geelong seemed to be thirsty for information and wanted to take control.

The Clever Living seminar will be held at the Geelong Library on Tuesday, March 5 at 6.30pm, bookings are required.

tessa.hayward@news.com.au