Canberra Passive House Visit

We recently had the chance to visit one of our projects in Canberra, which has been designed to the German Passive House standard. Aligned with our technology and the way we build our houses, building the house to these standards will provide our clients with years of stable temperatures and indoor comfort in Canberra’s chilling mornings and hot summer days.

To find out more about passive house and it’s benefits take a look at our Passive House page here.

We got to meet the guys from Brillyant Building who have done a great job installing our panels on their first Habitech build.

Habitech Featured on Grand Designs NZ

Here’s your chance to watch/re-watch the Grand Designs New Zealand episode on our New Zealand project, Andrei’s House. The episode follows Andrei and Abby who want to build a better, healthier, warmer, earthquake-proof family home using our wall panel system.

This project was completed in 2016 and was broadcast as the season finale for Series 2 in April 2017 as the “Earthquake Rebuild”. ABC have made it available again on iView until 25 November 2018 so don’t miss it.

You can find the episode here on ABC iView: https://iview.abc.net.au/show/grand-designs-new-zealand/series/2/video/ZW1236A008S00

More details on the project page here: http://www.habitechsystems.com.au/new-houses#/andreis-house-nz/

Construction is well underway for Warrandyte Outlook

Coming up from the ground fast our project in Warrandyte, VIC is beginning to take shape.

Now that the slab is in place you can get a good sense of the views there’ll have from their hillside vantage point. The landscaping is also taking shape, inspired by the surrounding environment, boulders are already in place to create a natural landscape.

Keep an eye out for the next Warrandyte update when our panels should be going up.

Check out the project page here.

Another award for Habitech - Thank you Bayside City Council!

We were invited to the Built Environment Awards last night as our Hampton House was nominated in 2 categories, the “Best Ecologically Sustainable Design” and the “Most Creative”.

This event celebrates the outstanding new architectural design in Bayside covering the suburbs of Beaumaris, Black Rock, Brighton, Brighton East, Hampton, Hampton East, Sandringham,  and parts of Highett and Cheltenham.

Thank you Bayside City Council for recognising our ethos and we were over the moon when announced as the Winner for the “Best Ecologically Sustainable Design”.

It was as if the council read our mind as we are planning to carry out a Door Blower Test for our Hampton House soon, this is just the perfect motivation to get it happening!

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 Habitech Senior Architect Jon Pye receiving the award

Habitech Senior Architect Jon Pye receiving the award

Easement House - Another Challenging Site

Easement House is a new project about to get underway with construction starting soon.

This was another difficult site to work with as a storm-water easement runs straight through the middle limiting the main construction zone to a narrow strip against the north boundary. This constraint lead to an interesting design that maximises the available space by creating a modest double storey house with a roof spanning across the easement to a functional storage shed.

Take a look at the project page here and keep your eyes peeled for upcoming construction shots.

Houzz Features Alpine House as a Vernacular House

Alpine House was featured in a great article on Houzz the other day on sustainable design and vernacular housing. Unfortunately it was written in Japanese but lucky for you we found the original that’s in English.

The article mentions how climate-responsive architecture can significantly decrease your utility and maintenance bills over the lifetime of a house.

Read the full article titled ‘Sustainable Design: Lessons We Can Learn From Vernacular Housing’ by Rebecca Gross here.

Chris Barnett in East Melbourne, VIC, AU on Houzz

A Backyard Extension Beside the Creek

Our Elster Creek Extension is a recently completed project situated next to Elster Creek in Elwood VIC.

The extension is an addition to the original brick single-fronted house that opens out into a courtyard garden. The new living space and bathroom supplements the existing bedrooms and living room. Effective glazing and carefully positioned shading makes this a comfortable and low energy addition to their home.

Read more about the project on the project page here.

Modern-Day Makeover For Our Swiss Chalet Style House

With the fit-out now underway for our extension in Templestowe, the modern-day makeover is starting to take shape - giving the old Swiss style chalet house a 21st century upgrade with effective insulation and sustainable design solutions.

This project utilises our panels for an upper-storey extension, which includes a replacement roof for the existing structure.

The following photos were taken during the lock-up stage meeting. Keep an eye out for more photos as the project nears completion.

Millthorpe House Our NSW Project

Our Millthorpe House is a project based in Millthorpe, NSW a collaborative project with Sydney based sustainable design firm, Anderson Architecture.

While we mainly work by providing full architectural services we can work collaboratively with other architects such as this project where we were engaged at the early stages of the design process and were able to guide and revise the architects to ensure an efficient and functional integration of our wall panel system.

Check out the project here.

Seddon Gardener's Extension Lockup Stage

Our extension in Seddon is nearing completion and the clients are looking forward to moving in. Their new home will be a modern, energy efficient, functional home with the luxury of an indoor toilet - the old dunny will stay too.

The extension to the rear of the existing bluestone cottage will add a modern twist to the old heritage property. The internal courtyard and extended grounds will flood the house with natural light and open the house to the outdoors.

We’ll keep you updated on this interesting project but in the meantime have a look at the project page here.

The Warrandyte Outlook Project

The Warrandyte Outlook is one of our new projects that is currently under construction. Set along the contours of a sloping site and surrounded by eucalypt trees the site looks out over Warrandyte State Park in Victoria. The outlook sets the stage for the layout of the house optimising the views through a multi-level system that hugs the hillside.

The brief was to create a multi-generational 3 bedroom family house for entertaining and enjoying the long views over Warrandyte State Park whilst maintaining the lush greenery surrounding the area. The efficiency of the design is based on the northern orientation of the property, where passive solar design is optimised through high performance glazing and effective shading. Creating a low energy usage home through the use of our super insulated building fabric and other integrated energy systems.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress but in the meantime take a look at the new project page which includes more details about the brief here.

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HABITECH IN THE LATEST BUILT OFFSITE MAGAZINE

We were excited to receive the latest magazine from Built Offsite this week as we were featured in the article "Smart Panels: Multi-Faceted Benefits". Chris Barnett spoke to Built Offsite's writer Beverley Johanson on Habitech, how the company came about and the benefits of building with our SIPs panels. 

Read the full article here.

MASTER BUILDERS 2018 GREEN LIVING CONFERENCE

Master Builders 2018 Green Living Conference is being held in Melbourne this Friday 31 August and our Managing Director Chris Barnett will be one of the speakers.

The conference is held annually and discusses a range of sustainability topics of special interest to the building and construction industry. This year the topic is energy efficient building practises, the latest methods and materials. 

Chris' talk is titled "Performance: more than hot air" - Designing and delivering buildings constructed with our modular flat-packed panel system. Chris will discuss how we are actively monitoring the energy performance of our houses and how the system can be used to cost effectively meet Passive House performance standards.

If you are interested and would like to attend visit Master Builders events page here: https://www.mbav.com.au/events

How Energy Efficient is your Home?

The Victorian Government have recently developed a Residential Efficiency Scorecard for Victorians to better understand the energy performance of their homes and how they can improve the quality of their living environment whilst saving money on their energy bills.

An accredited assessors would use the government supported scorecard webtool to rate the energy efficiency of your home and provide a star rating just like your fridge or washing machine.

Check out the video below to give you a quick intro and find out more about the scorecard and how you can get your house assessed here.

Making Homes More Energy-Efficient

How do you get a truly energy-efficient home, and can smart home technologies help or make things worse?

Take a listen to a recent interview with Dr Stephen White, head of the CSIRO's Energy Efficiency Research, and Associate Professor Yolande Strengers, Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT, on ABC Radio National Making Homes More Energy Efficient here.

Dr Stephen White and Associate Professor Yolande Strengers discuss with the host Amanda Smith recent research published by The University of Melbourne, that found that people are willing to pay more for energy efficient housing, making the case for a mandatory national rating system for existing homes. Read the full article here.

ABC RN Interview: http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgx6XXPBn6?play=true

The Suburban Minimalist House - Almost time to move in!

It was a cold day for the final defects meeting at the Suburban Minimalist House. The clients were very happy though and were looking forward to moving in next week. 

Despite the weather, the inside was warm and comfortable, even without the heating system on, and the large north facing windows of the living area was flooded with light.

AUSTRALIA’S BUILDINGS MUST BE BUILT FOR A ZERO CARBON FUTURE

Energy standards in Australia’s National Construction Code must be urgently upgraded if new buildings are to be fit for a zero carbon future, according to the report released by The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia.

The report, Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code, shows that setting strong energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $7 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.

Habitech’s Managing Director Chris Barnett is part of the ASBEC Sustainable Housing Task Group which helped to commission this research. You can read the report here.

Pegasus House Delivering Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in NZ

Our New Zealand Pegasus house, a collaborative project with our partner LiteGreen Projects, was featured on PrefabNZ recently for it's energy efficiency and sustainable credentials.

The owners extensive research into prefab construction, with it's superior insulation qualities along with efficient build times, brought them to LiteGreen Projects and our structural insulated panel (SIPS) system.

Their dream to build a quality, durable home that would be stylish, comfortable, healthy and affordable, built using sustainable design principles was fulfilled and completed end of last year.

Read the full article here: http://www.prefabnz.com/News/Pegasus-home-prefab-building