Thank you to all those who attended our Open Day in Warrandyte on Saturday. It was a successful day with a great turnout, thanks to everyone involved from the wonderful clients for letting us run this event, to the builder for making the site safe and clean, and the whole Habitech team including Jason and his son with their coffee caravan.
Open Days are a great way to experience the high performing homes that we create. If you couldn’t make it this time be sure to sign-up to our newsletter to hear when our next Open Day will be.
Construction at our Thornbury Courtyard House is progressing fast. The team at Dwyer Constructions are doing an excellent job and the clients couldn’t be happier.
Now that the roof is on you can see the spaces that we have created and get better idea of the interior living environment.
Details of the project can be viewed here.
We would like to invite you to our next Open Day at our Warrandyte Outlook House, a family home under construction in the leafy suburb of Warrandyte. The home will be at shell stage, providing a great opportunity to see how our modular construction system goes together and experience the spaces they create.
We're often asked how our bespoke designs optimise site features like views and orientation - now's your chance to find out. We'll be showing people through the house and displaying some of our other design work on Saturday 23 March from 10:00 to 3:00.
This multi-generational 3 bedroom family home has been designed to provide a space in which to entertain the whole family whilst enjoying the long views over Warrandyte State Park. The property is situated on a sloping site creating a multi-level layout to maximise the views and to achieve optimum passive solar performance throughout the house due to its north facing orientation.
Come down and visit the house before our modular system disappears into the finished interior.
DATE : Saturday 23 March
TIME: 10:00 - 3:00
ADDRESS: 27 Houghton Road, Warrandyte VIC 3113
Visit our website here to find out more about this project and our Open Day.
Our project in Dynnyrne, Tasmania, Mt. Wellington Pavilion, is about to get underway with construction starting soon.
The project is located in a sought after suburb southwest of the city of Hobart on a sloping site with incredible views of the city, the River Derwent and Mt. Wellington. Our wall panel system provides a simple solution to the steep topography and restricted site access, creating a sustainable family home with multi-level living modules orientated north to enjoy the beautiful vistas whilst achieving optimum passive solar performance throughout the house.
Take a look at the project page here for more information and keep your eyes peeled for upcoming construction shots.
Did you catch ABC’s 7:30 Report last week on how poorly much of Australia’s current housing stocks perform in heat, particularly when conditions get extreme like the temperatures we are experiencing right now.
With temperatures across Victoria expected to hit 40C and over today and potential power outages we need to seriously look at improving housing standards to make Australian homes more heat resistant and less reliant on energy-zapping air conditioning.
Habitech Homes are specifically designed and built for a changing planet, our houses are designed in-line with passive solar principles with proper insulation and sealing to buffer out the extremes of both hot and cold weather. Investing in a well designed, high thermal performance building shell allows Habitech houses to remain comfortable all year round with radically reduced active heating and cooling - lowering electricity demands by around 80%.
Watch ABC’s 7:30 Report here.
Our Thornbury Courtyard House is starting to take shape, our panels were only delivered last week and now they’re being installed. The team at Dwyer Constructions are doing a great job especially in this heat.
These photos were taken at our site visit yesterday just before our open day for our Network of Builders. This is a great opportunity for the builders to see how quick and easy it is to install our panels. We will hopefully be conducting an open day for the general public soon, so keep an eye out on social media or via our Newsletter.
More details regarding this project can be found here.
We are back in production for the year here at Habitech, with the wall panels for our Thornbury Courtyard House being delivered this week. Tony Dwyer from Dwyer Constructions has done a great job setting out the bottom plates for the design, which in this case are using our detailing for a fully insulated hydronic slab to be poured during the later stages of the project.
Details of the project can be viewed here.
Our Canberra Passive House project has just undergone door blower testing and blitzed the air sealing results required by the international Passive House standards.
This testing is required to prove the air-sealing of a projects building shell as built - as opposed to NatHERS energy ratings which generate a ‘Star rating’ based on software modelling only. The door blower test literally fits a fan to a door opening, then pressurises the building (to a standardised 50KPa pressure) and measures how much air leaks from the building. To achieve accreditation under the Passive House standards, houses have to be tested to achieve a minimum air-leakage of 0.6 air-changes.
Our Canberra Passive House project has achieved 0.19 air-changes - or under 1/3 of the minimum Passive House standard .
With our clients seeing the value of the comfort and energy efficiency passive house building shells provide in Canberra’s climate, thermal performance was a major design focus as we worked through the opportunities of the site and Canberra’s planning requirements. Our clients and the team at Brillyant Building have done a great job installing our modular fabric, high performance windows and sealing the building shell.
To get an understanding of how well air-sealed Australian houses are, and how this compares to international and passive house standards, refer to the graph at the bottom of this post.
Further information on the international passive House standard can be found here.
To learn more about our Canberra Passive House project , click here.
Did you catch us on Open Homes Australia this weekend?
Craig from Individual Builders and Chris our Managing Director did a great job on the show, and the footage of our award winning Mornington Beach Houses really captured the essence of the project and it’s surrounding environment.
Check out the video below.
We are looking forward to seeing our Mornington Beachhouses project will be featured on Open Homes Australia on Channel 9 Life this weekend. The project won the HIA Townhouse of the Year Award for Craig McPhan at Individual Builders and the program includes interviews with both him and our clients,
The program will provide a chance to see the way the houses relate to their sensitive creek side location and stunning northern views out over Port Phillip Bay. It will also give some insights into how our clients are enjoying living in the interiors of our modular, super insulated panel system creates.
Tune into Channel 9 Life at local Melbourne time 5:30pm this Saturday evening (Dec 1) to find out more about how the project was designed, built and is being enjoyed by our clients.
Did you see our project in the Herald Sun Realestate this weekend?
Herald Sun approached us a while back to write a story on our Hawthorn Reimagined project, we didn’t expect a double-page spread. The article includes interviews with the owners Lily and Jonathan and photos captured by our photographer Nic Granleese.
Before its transformation Lily recalled “it was the darkest, ugliest, smelliest house on the street”. It couldn’t be more different now with visitors commenting on the abundance of light even on dark winter days.
Have a read through the article here.
For most people a long-drawn out messy building site isn’t something you look forward to when building your dream home, but it is often the case when it comes to conventional builds. With our panel system this isn’t the case and Marcus our builder explains in the video below how quick and easy it is to build with Habitech Panels.
Marcus elaborates on his experience working with our panels to deliver to the clients a light, quick and systematic building service, reducing time onsite and disturbance to your lifestyle. Our customised panels not only guarantees the delivery of a good quality product but ensures the build to be a quick, clean and easy process, eliminating communication barriers that will save you a considerable amount of time and money.
Habitech is the smart way to go and we are not shy about telling you the benefits of our building system.
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.
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/
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.