Mount Annan terrace home development scores top energy rating

Ready to build: An artist's impression of the terrace home development approved along Main Street in Mount Annan.
Ready to build: An artist's impression of the terrace home development approved along Main Street in Mount Annan.

A terrace home development on Main Street, Mount Annan is set to become one of the country's most energy efficient communities.

Montaine Residences, to be built alongside Mount Annan Marketplace, is expected to deliver a seven-star Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) on each of the 139 homes within the new community.

The NatHERS is a star rating system that estimates the energy efficiency of a home, based on its design.

All new homes are required to achieve a minimum of six stars in most states.

Site developer Sunland Group's managing director Sahba Abedian said Montaine Residences was one of the first integrated master-planned communities to be developed in Australia where all dwellings will meet or exceed seven stars.

"A central philosophy of our design is a considered collection of architecturally designed duplex and terrace homes that are energy conscious and respectful to the future," Mr Abedian said.

"The energy-efficient design at Montaine Residences has enabled us to create homes that will have long-term and significant cost benefits for future residents and positive impacts on the broader environment."

Work is currently under way at the site of a future terrace home development on Main Street, Mount Annan.

Sunland Group recently beat Camden Council in a lengthy court battle over the controversial site next door to Mount Annan Marketplace.

Civil works have started with construction on the homes expected to start in coming months.

Mr Abedian said Montaine Residences will be formally launched in late March and has already attracted strong interest.

Prices are expected to start from $595,000, although prices have not been finalised.

Residents and councillors expressed concerns throughout the lengthy approval process about traffic impacts, parking around the site, the character of the site, noise and water.

The 1-5 Main St, Mount Annan: Fairer Outcomes For All Facebook group has been campaigning against "over-development" of the site since 2014.

A spokeswoman took to the page to voice the group's disappointment with the court's decision last year.

"We all knew something would eventually get built on this site at some point, and after five years of hard effort by the community and council, we would have hoped it'd be something aligned to what sits around this key central part of our town," the post read.

"Best of luck to those fellow residents who live in and around the block, and to the rest of us who must pass by/park/shop next to it every day."

The final homes are expected to be completed in late 2022.