Cooperative Research Centres project case study: White Gum Valley

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Publication Date: 
October 2020
Case study from: Industry Innovation and Science Australia annual reports

White Gum Valley (WGV) is a ‘living laboratory’. It trials and assess what works for low carbon or carbon neutral housing and community living.

WGV is a 2.2 ha medium density, 100 dwelling residential infill development. It is located in Fremantle, Western Australia.

It is partially funded and supported by the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) project for Low Carbon Living to provide data for its research.

The CRC for Low Carbon Living got a total of $28 million in CRC Program funding from 2012 to 2019. It leveraged approximately $73 million in partner contributions.

WGV is led by WA State Government’s land development agency LandCorp.

WGV demonstrates design excellence on many levels by incorporating:

  • diverse housing types
  • climate sensitive considerations
  • solar energy generation and storage
  • innovative water management
  • creative urban greening strategies

The project has received international certification as a ‘One Planet Living’ community.

As of late 2018, WGV was approximately 60 percent complete and occupied.

WGV is demonstrating that low carbon residential developments are:

  • technically feasible
  • commercially viable

Modelling and early data collection has indicated WGV will meet its design goal of being a Net Zero Energy precinct.

The CRC for Low Carbon Living enabled collaboration between industry and researchers. This has led to a ground-breaking trial for shared solar power and battery storage technology on strata-titled developments.

"The living laboratory concept is a ‘learn-by-doing’ approach to research where innovations are tested in real-life settings with the aim of informing policy and industry outcomes."

"WGV is a living laboratory which will answer some very important questions around carbon reductions. It will unlock barriers to cost-effective carbon reduction opportunities, empower communities and facilitate the widespread adoption of renewable energy." Mr Sandy Hollway AO, Deputy Chair, CRC for Low Carbon Living.

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