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.