Long-term Goals - Continuing Improvement
The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation.” - Albert Einstein
Habitech's modular design system not only provides an exciting new housing option to the current Australian housing market, but has been developed with the evolution of an truly sustainable housing model in mind.
'Cradle to Cradle' thinking
Our design approach has been heavily influenced by a 'cradle to cradle' mentality, as put forward by Bill McDonough and Michael Braungart in their ground-breaking book of 2002 - 'Cradle to Cradle:Remaking the Way We Make Things'. Cradle-to-cradle production treats all inputs and outputs as either as technical or biological nutrients. Technical nutrients are recycled or reused without loss of quality and biological nutrients are composted or consumed.
We look to learn from nature in our design and research philosophy - that nothing is wasted and that we should make materials work harder by playing roles in a number of systems.
Ultimately we see any waste in a product as an indicator of a poorly designed system and our actively working on reducing ours to virtually nothing over time.
At Habitech we embrace a mentality of continuous improvement to improve the building and environmental performance of our components over time.
Leading R&D and innovation in Australian design and manufacturing industries, Habitech has an agile and responsive business model that allows us to advance prototypes and take on new new materials and technologies much faster than the traditional building industry.
We do not claim to have all the answers, but can already produce much higher quality houses than traditionally built alternatives, with an R&D program to improve our performance further from here.
We invite you to join us on this journey and welcome comment and contributions from all quarters.
The holistic, long-term thinking we have applied in developing our long term goals calls for us to also consider the Social Sustainability of both our products and the homes they create.
In the design and manufacture of our houses, Habitech seeks to help our local communities through:
- employment - create new jobs in the Australian design and manufacturing sectors
- economy - diversify and expand our economy, developing an export market that is based on Australian innovation.
- creating a more diverse workforce - wider participation in the workforce that builds houses - especially for women.
- safer workplaces - weather protected and safer working environments for our workforce
Wider social considerations in the houses we design include:
- house size
- urban densities and transport system issues
- landscape integration
- construction disturbance - time, noise, waste
Our approach to driving innovation can be summed up in the words of one of our design heroes - the great architect, engineer and innovative thinker Buckminster Fuller:
"We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.”