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The Future of Home - best practice for Build-to-Rent

Published on August 26, 2022


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Hannah Morton

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David Collins

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Bettina Easton

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Daniele Albanese

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Michelle Jagger

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Australian property developers are diving into the Build-to-Rent sector as a hot prospect. However, just looking to design and deliver a code-minimum product with a few added amenity bells and whistles will not deliver reliable, long-term returns.

To ensure it remains attractive and competitive in an increasingly discerning investment landscape, BTR is an investment that works best when exemplary ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) credentials are placed at the heart of design and specification.

Because happy, healthy tenants are the cornerstone of reliable, consistent rental receipts, best practice BTR places resident wellbeing at the heart of design and operations. This is achieved through addressing the fundamental aspects of long-term liveability – passive thermal comfort, optimal indoor air quality, acoustics, beneficial lighting design, biophilia and community-building features.

Unlike a build-to-sell product, the BTR business case also needs to factor in operational costs. Common area costs borne by BTR operators including energy use, water consumption and lifecycle maintenance can all be reduced through engineering design that integrates smart building approaches.

Authored by a team of Cundall’s multidisciplinary engineers, sustainability experts and ESG advisors, the Future of Home shows how BTR developments can deliver the greatest long-term value for asset owners, operators and occupants.