Construction has begun for The Lookout House in McCrae

Things are progressing at our site in McCrae despite the harsh Victorian winter with the guys at Individual Builders setting the foundation ready for panel installation. With our experience in modern and sustainable design, we are confident our strong and highly insulated panels will meet the physical and structural requirements of this challenging site. Once completed, these challenges will long be forgotten while our clients enjoy the panoramic views over Port Phillip Bay in the comfort of a Habitech Home.

Read more about the project here.

Photos courtesy of Individual Builders.

Catching the Sun

Our Brunswick West extension is a project we completed last year, a well designed rear addition to a north street facing heritage property.

The south facing extension was designed to capture as much natural light as possible by creating a central courtyard connected to the existing house and a pitched roof to capture the morning sun from the north, bringing natural light into the main living spaces at the rear.

Learn more about the extension on the project page here as well as photos of the property and the beautiful joinery.

Showcasing our Mullum Creek House

Mullum Creek House is one of our standout projects constructed in the Mullum Creek development, a new environmentally sensitive residential development in Donvale. Our Architectural photographer Nic Granleese went out at the crack of dawn to take these beautiful shots.

Take a look at the full set photos on the project page here or check out our BowerKit on Mullum Creek House here.

Renovate or Rebuild - A Reality TV Show with a Difference

This is a new kind of reality TV show that aims to influence the masses to think positively about incorporating more energy efficient and sustainable elements into their home.

The show is hosted by environmental scientist and Gardening Australia presenter Dr Josh Byrne and co-funded by the CRC for Low Carbon Living and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Two teams compete to convince a family they have the best solution to creating a healthier and more energy efficient home by either renovating or rebuilding.

This is an interesting approach that will hopefully attract a wider audience to positively influence change in the building industry that benefits them and the environment.

Watch the pilot episode here or via the YouTube link below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIQw0kkdfng

Warrandyte Outlook Progress Shots

Our Warrandyte House is progressing well, with the stone column at the centre of the design now being completed. The northern roof forms are starting to be expressed, with spaces with timber ceilings having their projecting eaves lined in Western Red Cedar. 

Landscaping works are also progressing, with the water system running through the garden being installed and initial major plantings undertaken.

Keep an eye out for more photos as the project advances. Further details of the project can be viewed here.

New Shots of our Hampton House Project

Our award winning project in Bayside was recently photographed by Architectural photographer Nic Granleese who captured these amazing shots for us.

To see the full set of photos, including Nic Granleese’s new shots, go to the project page here or check out our Hampton House page on BowerBird here.

Successful Open Day in Warrandyte

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.

Roof Is On For Our Thornbury Courtyard House

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.

Mt. Wellington Pavilion a Steep Site with Incredible Views

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.

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When the Weather gets Extreme get inside a Habitech House

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.

Update On Our Thornbury Courtyard House

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.

Thornbury Courtyard House Receives the First Panel Delivery for 2019

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.

PASSIVE house made easy

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.

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Door Blower Test Diagram - Habitech Systems 2018

Door Blower Test Diagram - Habitech Systems 2018

Mornington Project featuring on TV this weekend - OPEN HOMES AUSTRALIA

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.

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Herald Sun Features Our Hawthorn Reimagined Project

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.

Reduce your Build Time with Habitech Panels

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.

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.