2016 has been quite a year here at Habitech. Our system has been on TV, we've met lots of interested people at our Open Days, achieved some major building goals and have forged two significant partnerships.
Here's our top 5 highlights:
- Our first television appearance. Billed on Grand Designs New Zealand as the Earthquake Rebuild house, Andrei Martin's Christchurch home was built using Habitech panels and withstood an 7.8 magnitude earthquake just hours after the episode aired in November. The family called it "just another curve ball" and are now enjoying life in their new home. We look forward to Series 2 of Grand Designs New Zealand being screened on the ABC in 2017.
- Meeting people and talking about our panels at our Open Days. We ran two successful and well-attended Open Days this year, firstly down on the Mornington Peninsula on a hot February day and then in Hampton in early December, where interested home builders could see, feel and touch the panels and see how the system fits together in real life.
Talking to clients at the Hampton Habitech Open Day in December
- We completed our first multi unit development. The Mornington Beach Houses were our first multi-unit project, being constructed on an extremely challenging site - on the edge of a creek running into Port Phillip Bay. The two adjoining houses read as a single building form, with each individually designed to take advantage of stunning Bay views. Our clients are delighted with both their new house, and the project and investment outcomes.
- Our partnership with Melbourne University and the Australian Research Council (ARC) at the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing, which means that we are contributing to research and working with the best and brightest minds in the business. Focusing on collaborative, eco-friendly prefabricated housing research, the centre aims to deliver product and process innovations in order for the Australian housing industry to compete on the world stage.
- And last but definitely not least, our first international partnership - with LiteGreen Projects in Christchurch, New Zealand. We've had a wonderful relationship so far and we're sure that New Zealand will embrace our system with the same enthusiasm that Australia has.
It's been a fantastic year and we're looking forward to what 2017 will bring. Thanks for reading and see you next year!