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The Sustainability Declaration is a mandatory checklist that must be completed by the home seller (vendor) when selling a house, townhouse or unit. It will be required from beginning of January 2010 as part of the sale.
Properties that have a greater number of sustainability features use less energy for heating and cooling, generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions, use less water—and best of all, are more comfortable to live in. They also can have lower operating costs and be more energy and water efficient.
Sustainability features such as access and safety also mean that the property will be suitable for owners during their various life stages and will reduce the need for costly future upgrades.
The checklist will identify the property’s social sustainability and environmental features in four key areas:
It will increase the awareness and marketability of the dwelling’s sustainable building features and will act as an incentive to improve the sustainability performance of Queensland’s 1.6 million existing homes.
For those homeowners who have already taken steps to improve the sustainability of their property, this means that the environmental, social and financial benefits of those features can be recognised when the property is on the market.
Who should complete a Sustainability Declaration?
The declaration is designed to be completed by the property owner or a delegated individual. If an owner is unable to complete the form, they can seek help from another person to complete it on their behalf as long as the owner signs it. Where an owner cannot sign the form, a person authorised under a power of attorney or other statutory power may sign the form.
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