Green light for hous­ing

UNITS ‘FU­TURE-PROOFED’ BY EF­FI­CIEN­CIES

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

HOUSES that have no air­con­di­tion­ers or gas have been recog­nised as the fu­ture of the in­dus­try.

Bur­swood-based com­pany Right Homes has won na­tional awards for its Lath­lain de­vel­op­ment, called The Sid­ing.

The builders won the Res­i­den­tial De­vel­op­ment, Wa­ter Ef­fi­ciency and En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency prizes at the Hous­ing In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion Aus­tralian Green-Smart Awards for the apart­ments.

Among the peo­ple liv­ing in the units are Lind­say Miles and her hus­band Glen McLeod-Thorpe.

Mrs Miles said they saw a pre­vi­ous project that the The Green Swing was in­volved in but were not able to se­cure an apart­ment, so the cou­ple bought an apart­ment at The Sid­ing be­fore it was built.

“I like the idea of com­mu­nity; we pre­vi­ously lived in units with doors that were placed away from our neigh­bours, so we rarely saw them,” she said.

“You can con­gre­gate in the shared ar­eas; we never wanted to main­tain our own gar­den but we like shar­ing a com­mu­nal gar­den.

“It’s sus­tain­able and fu­ture-proof; the unit was fine in sum­mer but it was a lit­tle cold in win­ter.”

Right Homes owner and di­rec­tor Gary Wright said the brief his com­pany re­ceived was to cre­ate sus­tain­able, wa­ter and en­ergy-sav­ing homes with a com­mu­nal as­pect.

“There is no ar­ti­fi­cial heat­ing or cool­ing, which we’ve had no com­plaints about,” he said.

“We’ve also im­ple­mented healthy home ini­tia­tives like not in­clud­ing gas to keep low volatile or­ganic com­pounds to a min­i­mum.

“The util­ity bills are next to noth­ing; there are rain­wa­ter tanks that re­duce the cost of wa­ter. We used tim­ber rather than steel to re­duce our car­bon foot­print.”

Mr Wright said to re­ceive the awards for the de­vel­op­ment was a pos­i­tive sign and com­pli­men­tary for the ideas he had used.

“I think it’s a prod­uct of the fu­ture. The mar­ket place doesn’t re­alise it ex­ists yet but in Europe and around the world sim­i­lar ideas are be­ing used,” he said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d459418

Builder Gary Wright in front of the com­pany's award-win­ning seven-unit de­vel­op­ment in Lath­lain.

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