LandCorp’s East Village at Knutsford, a former industrial site in Fremantle, will be a showcase for energy-efficient residential infill development, featuring blockchain-ready homes, a micro grid supply network for water and power and a shared on-site battery.
The partnership between LandCorp, Power Ledger and the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs initiative will see a 670 kilowatt battery shared by the individual homeowners.
Using 100 per cent renewable energy from solar panels and battery storage, the 1.5 hectare development will set new benchmarks for affordable and sustainable living in Western Australia.
Future residents at the 36 townhouses will generate their own power using individual 5kW photovoltaic solar systems, share renewable energy across a micro grid and have their own electric vehicle charger.
The battery, provided by Power Ledger, has been installed and commissioned for use during construction works to supply power and reduce the carbon footprint of the project.
Water saving measures will include stormwater harvesting, a strata-owned bore and the use of rainwater for residential toilets, hot water systems and laundries, reducing mains water consumption by up to 80%.
Designs are also being developed to be adaptable and allow for home offices or granny flats to support multi-generational living.
The site will also feature a prototype house by Perth company Mirreco, employing building panels made of compressed hemp and polymers, demonstrating the capabilities of alternative, sustainable building materials within the housing sector.
East Village at Knutsford will be tracked and assessed by an on-site living laboratory, in partnership with Curtin University.
The research program will build a dataset to demonstrate the value of the innovations and work towards One Planet Living accreditation.
LandCorp’s WGV at White Gum Valley was WA’s first One Planet Community.