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    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    A luxury lifestyle that won’t cost the Earth

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    A luxury lifestyle that won’t cost the Earth

    An award winning home in Logan Village, ‘The Vicker Ridge’, is demonstrating innovative new technology that could one day reduce Queenslander’s energy and water bills.

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Dr Steven Miles said that the homeowner, Mr Robert McVicker, had built a house that was proof you don’t always need to sacrifice to protect the environment.

    “Mr McVicker has built a beautiful home with luxuries that I’m sure we’d all like to see in our own homes including a big swimming pool with waterslide, multiple fridges, home theatre, regular clothes dryer use and even outdoor air conditioning,” Dr Miles said.

    “Even with these seemingly energy intensive devices this is one of the leading truly sustainable homes in Queensland, having recently passed the toughest sustainable building performance test in the world.

    “The project quality, style and performance debunks numerous stereotypes about sustainable living and proves that, with smart decision making and investment in energy efficient devices, luxury can be good for the environment.

    “The home also harvests rain water and all wastewater is treated on site without chemicals and reused—eliminating the need for external off site facilities that use electricity to provide water supply and wastewater treatment, further enhancing the homes green credentials,” Dr Miles said.

    Vicker Ridge was the winner of the Built Environment Award at the prestigious 2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards, beating other worthy entrants including the Lendlease commercial development Kings Gate that was awarded a Six Star Green Office Design Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

    Mr McVicker said that the prize money he received for winning the award was used to purchase special monitoring equipment that will assist him in further tracking his home’s energy usage.

    “The prize money is fanastasic.  This has given me the opportunity to purchase really cool new tech that I otherwise could not have afforded to do at this time,” Mr McVicker said.

    “Occupants can monitor energy use and solar power production in real time displays on any of the household TVs, laptops, or from anywhere in the world with internet access, as various systems are connected online.  Even my mobile phone has an electricity monitoring app.

    “The system also stores historic data on the home’s performance so we can track energy use, see problems and monitor the results from changes made.

    “Our home uses technology, rather than sacrifice to achieve its sustainable goals,” Mr McVicker said.

    Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that homes like Vicker Ridge provided a great opportunity to view the sustainable technology in action.

    “I have asked to take a look at Mr McVicker’s home to see if our government could support any of his concepts being applied in the 2 million homes in Queensland,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to expanding Queensland’s renewable agenda, stimulating economic growth and creating innovation based jobs of the future.

    “The previous LNP Government ripped 1300 jobs out of the renewables sector during their term and we’re determined to invest, build and create an innovative state that’s looking to the future.

    “If these technologies can be applied to reduce the amount of energy and water used in people’s homes it’s a win-win, as homeowners’ bills reduce while simultaneously reducing the load on our critical infrastructure,” Mr de Brenni said.


    Media contact Minister Miles: Katharine Wright 0422 580 342

    Media contact Minister de Brenni: Alex Chamberlain 0406 544 142