Sustainability Declaration Have Your Say 9

Leave your thoughts and comments below about the Sustainability Declaration.

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:

  • energy
  • water
  • safety
  • access.

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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9 thoughts on “Sustainability Declaration Have Your Say

  • admin Post author

    Please add your thoughts and feedback about the new Sustainability Declaration commencing on 1st January 2010.
    Do you think it is a good idea or a total waste of time?

  • L.Jubow

    The whole idea seems so pointless and just another layer of unnecessary bureaucracy. I fail to see any benefit for either the seller or the buyer. We all know that if you are buying a home that was built in the 1950′s that it will have galvanised water pipes that need replacing, fibro which must be kept painted or covered and no insulation. The buyer who wants to complain about this is plain stupid and anyway, doesn’t everyone know that you can have a building inspected by professionals before buying? This Suss Declaration is redundant because the market will reflect all of these detractions. There is no need for this sus dec!

  • Grant

    The concept behind the Sustainability Declaration is a great, however the execution of the declaration is a farce and will do nothing but waste peoples time and disenfranchise people.

    Not every home buyer has the skill or knowledge to identify and understand sustainability initiatives incorporated into a building, and if they do not every home buyer would understand the economic benefits of having water capture and water saving devices or energy generation and energy saving devices in their home. With energy and water costs predicted to rise this has the potential to be come a reasonable buying consideration in the future.

    The questions should be made mandatory. The government should have made completion of the form voluntary for a 2 year period while people got use to it being around and understood its content and then made it mandatory thereafter.

    • Paul

      After a number of months allowing the owner to fill out the form has demonstrated, it is just a piece of paper on th wall- meaningless and useless. If owners aren’t sure they leave it blank, so in practice the whole form can be left blank- a useless process mean political window dressing.
      In contrast, ACT mandates that a qualified independent assessor needs to fill it out, then it means something and buyers know what it says and now what star rating their house has….
      Wants monkeys work… pay peanuts, or in this case the cost of a piece of paper.

  • Chris Bowmaker

    RE: Section 373C(2): This section is ridiculous. The thousands of trees lost and paper printed etc (not to mention agent hours spent) because of the requirement to attach a copy of the SDF to each property flyer given out is counterproductive and anti-environmental. Why can this section not be amended to having the statement written that the SDF is available upon request like it is with every other requirement. This seriously needs to be amended or it erodes the implimentation of the SDF program as it is effectively too difficult to adhere to.