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Question Without Notice No. 621 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 June 2020 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 June 2020

CORONAVIRUS — SOCIAL HOUSING ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE

621. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:

I refer to the Western Australian housing stimulus announced on 7 June, specifically relating to the refurbishment of 1 500 social housing homes.

Will the refurbishment program include upgrading the energy efficiency of the homes; and, if so —

(a) how many homes will undergo this upgrade;

(b) to what energy efficient standard will the homes be upgraded to; and

(c) what measures will be taken to upgrade the energy efficiency?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(a)–(c) Yes. All properties undergoing refurbishment will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they are suitable for works to improve energy efficiency. Upgrades will be assessed on a value for money basis, considering the underlying design and condition of the dwelling. Works that may be considered include, but are not limited to, improved insulation, energy efficient lighting and appliances, window and door seals, design changes incorporating elements such as external window shading, and upgrading of bathroom and kitchen taps to be in line with the current National Construction Code's water efficiency labelling and standards ratings for water efficiency.