First Slabs Completed at Carseldine Village Terrace Homes

Construction works on Carseldine Village, a 100% solar-powered residential and aged care development in north Brisbane, have begun.

Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles visited the construction site with the home buyers in the last week of May 2021, setting off some excitement for the project’s eventual completion.

“It’s exciting to see the first slabs completed as we build more innovative and affordable homes for Queenslanders,” the minister said. “This will support around 60 construction jobs for the first 53 terrace homes in Stage 1, with more stages and more jobs to come.” 

Future Carseldine Village homeowners Aldridge and Miranda Joseph said that they are delighted to see their house taking shape.

“It’s one thing to see the house and land on paper, but another to be able to see it being built,” Aldridge said. “Our daughter bought a home in Fitzgibbon Chase, a previous Economic Development Queensland project, so Carseldine Village sparked our interest.”

Carseldine Village is one of Queensland’s pioneering zero energy emission residential developments, which means that the homeowners will be able to save a lot on their power bills. It’s been estimated that residents could shave off $1,600 a year on their electricity.

Photo Credit: Carseldine Village

Carseldine Village Terrace Homes Will be 100% Solar Powered

Carseldine Village, the ongoing residential development on Beams Road, will be using 100 percent solar power, enabling the homeowners to cut down on their electricity expenses. 

The State Government recently announced that the terrace homes development will be “zero net energy emission homes” and will greatly help Queensland achieve the targetted 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. 

“All the Carseldine Village terrace homes and the Oxley Songbird detached residential dwellings homes will come with solar PV, battery storage systems, heat pump hot water systems, WiFi air conditioning and will be electric vehicle charger ready,” Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said. “This could save owners up to $1,600 per year off their power bills.”

Photo Credit: Carseldine Village
Photo Credit: Carseldine Village

The same zero net energy emission system is also being adapted at Songbird Oxley, another government-led residential development in the western suburbs. 

A landmark deal between Natural Solar, Australia’s largest solar battery installer, and U.S. tech company, Tesla, was recently signed as well, which will deliver Tesla Powerwall packages to the Oxley homes, saving the residents $2,000 per year.

“Homeowners at Songbird Oxley can expect to save up to $2000 per year, delivering a return on investment in around 5 years. With solar, you typically generate more energy than you need, so by combining it with the Tesla Powerwall, it can be stored and used when needed,” Natural Solar CEO Chris Williams said.

Mr Miles said that they are hoping more builders and developers will aspire to develop zero-emission homes following these two innovations.

Carseldine Village: Stage 1 Completion Target Set for February 2021

Stage 1 of the Carseldine Village project, fast-tracked by the Queensland Government in mid-2020, could meet its targetted completion date in February 2021, allowing the first set of homeowners to move into the facility by the middle of the year.

Construction of the Carseldine Village Stage 1 includes the 53-terrace residential units, the aged care facility, and road upgrades to three nearby intersections to improve access and traffic flow. The project has brought on over 60 local jobs for the civil works and an additional 50 jobs for the construction of the terrace homes. 

The precinct has been dubbed as the “first residential development in Queensland to commit to delivering net zero energy emission homes with energy saving features.”

The terrace homes will incorporate solar power, heat pump hot water systems, smart-phone controlled home airconditioning system and a garage with an electric vehicle charger. 

Photo Credit: Carseldine Village

Whilst Stage 1 has been progressing, civil and electric work has begun in December for Stage 2. This next project will add 49 more terrace homes to the village and should be completed by the yearend. 

Photo Credit: Carseldine Village

In January 2020, the village opened the four-hectare sports and recreational facility, The Green.

Developed for community use, The Green’s facilities include three soccer fields, two tennis/netball courts, two volleyball courts, half-court basketball, all abilities playground, yoga lawn, fitness equipment, BBQ area, changing rooms with public toilets, shaded seating and 120 car parks. 

Carseldine Village is on the former QUT Carseldine campus, which has been closed since 2008. In 2012, the site became a Government Office Precinct but four years later, plans to redevelop the site into a mixed use space with dwellings was lodged with the Council.