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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 4 Hansard (6 April) . . Page.. 1440..


reduce energy consumption. Although these measures were initiated with the stimulus funded project, they are now being applied to all new public housing developments.

As a consequence of extending the initiative, a further 269 energy efficient homes are under construction. The energy efficiency measures being implemented include correct solar orientation to maximise winter and minimise summer solar penetration; R2 wall and R4 ceiling insulation; draught sealing to all external doors; five-star high efficiency gas heating; five-star instantaneous gas hot water systems as well as gas-boosted solar hot water systems; window pelmets to windows, excluding wet areas; the use of floor tiles for radiant heat transfer; a 2,000-litre rainwater tank plumbed back into the toilet and laundry; for medium density developments, underground water tanks for common area irrigation; and the trial use of photovoltaic energy production systems at four community facility sites.

All new properties meet the universal design standards and meet the requirement for disability reconfiguration to be changed with minimal effort and cost.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, have energy efficiency ratings or assessments been conducted for all ACT Housing properties? That includes old and new properties.

MS BURCH: It is my understanding that energy efficiency assessments are part of an ongoing program. When the equipment needs to be replaced, that is part of the replacement that is included under the $20 million over 10-year initiative.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, are you aware of any pressure that the Residential Tenancies (Minimum Housing Standards) Amendment Bill 2011 will have on the management of Housing ACT properties or the demand for Housing ACT properties?

MS BURCH: Not that I am aware of at the moment, Mr Coe, but I am sure I will watch with interest.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Alexander Maconochie Centre—methadone program

MS GALLAGHER: Yesterday Mr Seselja asked me as a supplementary question in relation to the Alexander Maconochie Centre:

Minister, is it true that there were five overdoses at the AMC as a result of prisoners being provided double doses of methadone by ACT Health staff?


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