The Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) has welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision to introduce a Build-to-Rent scheme to provide more quality and affordable housing for Victoria.

“Build-to-Rent is about choice and will ensure our housing supply grows in line with Victoria’s exponential population growth,” says Amy Muir, Victorian Chapter president.

However, while Muir has commended the government’s commitment to fast-track development applications, she says this must come with the assurance that building quality will not be compromised.

“Good quality design responds to critical contemporary issues such as rising energy costs, by making homes more energy-efficient and these features need to be considered for this new housing class.

“The Institute would encourage government to provide incentives linked to specific design and sustainability outcomes, supported by enhanced tax revenue from development for re-investment in public benefit initiatives and infrastructure.”