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HIA GreenSmart village showcases sustainable home building

Media release

HIA GreenSmart village showcases sustainable home building

Media release
HIA, in partnership with the ACT Suburban Land Agency and eight ACT home builders, have celebrated the opening of the Whitlam GreenSmart display village today.

“The Whitlam GreenSmart village has brought to life the first display village in Australia to showcase 17 home designs that meet sustainable design excellence and also meet the new building code requirements that will start in October 2023,” said Greg Weller, HIA Executive Director, ACT/Southern NSW.

HIA was extremely pleased to present the ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Yvette Berry, and CEO Suburban Land Agency John Dietz, with the HIA GreenSmart Village accreditation at the official opening in Whitlam. 

“HIA has worked closely with the ACT Suburban Land Agency to deliver a display village that includes 17 homes that meet or exceed the 7 star energy efficiency standard, have energy offsets with photovoltaic solar panels and battery storage, are designed to suit the orientation of the block and include a range of other energy and water efficiency features. 

“Each of the 17 homes has received HIA GreenSmart House accreditation. This covers the design of the homes and the construction process. 

“The homes are also designed to meet the silver standard for livable housing that will be mandatory for all new homes in the ACT next year. This means the homes include step free entry, wider corridors and doors, and bathrooms designed to provide more space for movement and future accessibility measures. 

“The eight home builders in the village all completed HIA GreenSmart Professional training and have worked with HIA’s team to check the designs and inspect the homes during construction.  

“The village started life before COVID and today’s official opening is a fantastic opportunity to award each home with their final HIA GreenSmart accreditation.” 


HIA GreenSmart is a voluntary initiative of the Housing Industry Association which supports residential builders and the industry to understand sustainable design and construction and deliver to consumers a home that is comfortable to live in and efficient to run. Learn more

Builders in the Whitlam GreenSmart Village

  • ABM Homes
  • Blackett Homes
  • Burbank Australia
  • GJ Gardner Homes
  • JADA Building Projects
  • Kolak Living
  • Mayfair Homes
  • McDonald Jones Homes
  • Boss projects group – Suburban Land Agency’s Demonstration Housing

More about the Whitlam GreenSmart Village and tomorrow's public opening.

For more information please contact:

Greg Weller

Executive Director - ACT/Southern NSW

Kristin Brookfield

Deputy Managing Director
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