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Investments in energy efficiency and electrification increases dwelling values

  • Global evidence shows energy efficiency upgrades raise property values and premiums when leased.
  • A 2011-2016 MelbUni study on Australian Capital Territory (ACT) property transactions found 5 and 6-star energy homes had sale premiums of 2 and 2.4%, compared to 3-star properties, averaging a $20,000 premium for Melbourne houses.
  • Further efficiency upgrades led to even higher prices, with 7-star properties attracting sale premiums of up to 9.4%.
  • Rental properties with 5 and 6-star energy ratings leased at a 3.5 and 3.6% premium, compared to 3-star properties.
  • Domain Sustainability in Property Report 2022 found that in the ACT, a higher energy-efficiency rating (EER) relates to a higher price per square metre for houses. The report observed a consistent increase in price with higher EER across the ACT.
  • More than half of Domain advertisements in 2022 included keywords related to energy efficiency.

Minimum efficiency standards for rental properties in 2024

The December 2023 Gas Substitution Roadmap update committed to new energy efficiency standards for rental homes. Public input on these standards will be sought in 2024.

Rental homes in Victoria must have a fixed heater in the main living area with at least a 2-star energy rating.

Proposed new standards include ceiling insulation, draught sealing, hot water, cooling and a revised heating standard, as well as a heating standard for rooming houses.

The Victorian Government supports rental providers to invest in energy efficiency and electrification

Discounts are available for energy efficient upgrades through the Victorian Energy Upgrades (VEU) program, including replacing a gas heater with a reverse cycle air conditioner or switching a gas hot water heater with a heat pump. VEU offers home energy rating assessments for targeted recommendations on improving energy efficiency.

Solar for rentals offers eligible landlords a rebate of up to $1,400 for the installation of solar panels (PV), slashing the upfront costs of solar while raising the value and appeal of their property.

Eligible rental providers can apply for an interest-free loan of up to $1,400 to further reduce the upfront cost of the solar panel system.

Victorian Energy Compare helps customers find the lowest price energy offer.

New energy efficiency standards are not expected to impact rental supply

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute research suggests that changes to increased minimum standards do not significantly influence landlords leaving the market.

In 2022, Analysis by REA Group’s PropTrack found new standards have not led to an increase in rents and sales by landlords, according to data released one year later.

Page last updated: 13/03/24