Af­ford­able sus­tain­abil­ity

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE - Jessica Howard Any­one in­ter­ested in putting their own amaz­ing home up for con­sid­er­a­tion for house of the week can email jessica.

SU­PER ef­fi­cient and af­ford­able homes that heat and cool them­selves are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a re­al­ity in Tas­ma­nia as we move to­wards zero- en­ergy hous­ing.

One of the bet­ter- known lo­cal com­pa­nies mak­ing waves in this area is Leighton Build­ing and Con­struc­tion, run by hus­band- and- wife team Rick and Jane Leighton, who have al­ready con­structed an eight- star en­ergy rated res­i­dence in New Nor­folk as well as a nine- star rated home, in South Ho­bart.

The Leightons also have plans to start work on the state’s first 10- star house in Old Beach by the end of the year.

A new player on the scene is Launceston-based G& T De­vel­op­ments, who have just built Tassie’s first house us­ing the In­sul-Liv­ing sys­tem.

Ther­mal build­ing prod­ucts such as In­sul Wall and So­lar-Span have been cre­ated by Bond or and used to build this 8.1 star en­ergy rated Had­spen home.

Con­structed in just 16 weeks, owner- builder Steve Gra­ham was in­spired to build the house af­ter see­ing a Queens­land pro­to­type on tele­vi­sion.

“I saw the high en­ergy rat­ing as a pos­i­tive be­cause en­ergy ef­fi­ciency is a crit­i­cal part of build­ing,” Steve said.

“It is nice to in­stil con­fi­dence in peo­ple when you can build an en­ergy ef­fi­cient home in their price range.

“Sus­tain­able liv­ing has got to be the way of the fu­ture.”

Us­ing In­sul-Liv­ing panels and So­lar-Span roof­ing, the four- bed­room house is made up of sim­ple but ef­fec­tive ma­te­ri­als that come to­gether quickly but still of­fer ver­sa­til­ity and tough­ness.

“The panels are made of poly­styrene sand­wiched be­tween two lay­ers of Blues­cope Steel, which you can ren­der the ex­te­rior layer and paint the in­te­rior layer,” Steve ex­plained.

“Us­ing this method of con­struc­tion you are able to achieve high en­ergy rat­ings with min­i­mal ef­fect.

“We de­cided to build a house in Tas­ma­nia us­ing this method so we could in­tro­duce the prod­uct to the state and be able to of­fer en­ergy- effi cient homes at a re­al­is­tic price.”

Set on a 780m2 block close to the Had­spen Recre­ation Park and South Esk River, the res­i­dence com­prises four bed­rooms, two bath­rooms, an open- plan liv­ing area with Tas­ma­nian oak floor­ing and dou­ble- glazed win­dows.

De­signed for mod­ern liv­ing, the cen­tral kitchen fea­tures an is­land bench, walk- in pantry and Smeg ap­pli­ances. There is also a sec­ond liv­ing room and al­fresco din­ing area.

The dis­play home is open to view ev­ery Satur­day from 11.30am to 12.30pm at 8 Cook St, Had­spen.

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